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Xcel Energy Inc (XEL), SunPower Corporation (SPWR): Could Renewable Energy Lead to a 51st State?

In at least one sense, he seems right. Getting permission to secede from a state isn’t the easiest thing in the world to accomplish. First, county officials would have to get voter support to put the matter on the November ballot. Then, even if the voters of one or more counties agreed they’d like to secede, Colorado’s legislature — those are the folks who passed the laws everyone in the north is complaining about — would have to approve secession. Thenthe U.S. Congress would have to agree to let them go as well, because according to Article 4 of the U.S. Constitution, creation of a new state, which would be America’s 51st, requires “the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.”

In short, smart or stupid, forming a new state of North Colorado will be a thing easier said than done.


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