The Governor’s race is just under a year away but some clear election themes are emerging. Among them is energy development and the role natural gas plays in the state’s economy. Governor Bill Ritter has long championed wind and solar power, but lately he’s also been touting natural gas as a clean burning fuel and key part of his new energy economy. We have two reports starting with state capitol correspondent Bente Birkeland.

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