Amy Oliver Cooke is the Executive Vice President and Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center for the Independence Institute, Colorado’s free market, state-based think tank, where she has worked in both policy and operations since 2004.
Amy is considered one of the few state-level, free market energy and environmental policy experts, and is famous for her provocative messaging like “Mothers In Love with Fracking” and “I’m an energy feminist because I’m pro-choice in energy sources,” which the eco-critics have called “hands down the worst kind of feminism.”
In December 2016, she was honored to be the second person named to President Trump’s Transition Team for the Environmental Protection Agency.
She has authored and contributed to numerous opinion editorials, issue papers, and issue backgrounders and has been published in the Daily Caller, Townhall, Denver Post, Pueblo Chieftain, Greeley Tribune, Denver Business Journal, Denver Daily News, Liberty Ink Journal, and The Hill. She has appeared on Fox News, NPR, CPR, MSN.com, Devil’s Advocate, Colorado Inside Out, and Power Hour.
In 2015, Amy retired after ten years of hosting the award-winning Amy Oliver Show on News Talk 1310 KFKA Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 am. In 2008, the Colorado Broadcasters Association recognized her with the Award of Excellence for Best News Talk personality in a major market. She was recognized again in 2011 with the Award of Merit for Best News Talk personality in a major market. Amy loves sports (especially baseball), politics, policy, and living in Weld County Colorado with her husband retired Sheriff and current State Senator