Clean Power Plan is dirty, expensive and unnecessary

Clean Power Plan is dirty, expensive and unnecessary

DENVER— The new, controversial and questionable, Clean Power Plan will require power plants to reduce emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels between now and 2030. The plan will impose burdensome regulations at power plants, essentially ignore efforts like those in Colorado, and hurt Coloradans, who would be forced to foot the bill for compliance costs.

Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:

“This very strict, and extreme, so-called power plan is dirty, expensive and unnecessary. What we are seeing is a job-killing ideological push that will increase energy costs on Colorado families. This is a costly crusade that hurts our families and communities, and we need to speak out against politicians like Sen. Michael Bennet and Gov. John Hickenlooper who praise and bow down to this plan.”

According to the Denver Business Journal, Gov. John Hickenlooper recognized the EPA’s proposal would be “a challenge,” but said he intends, “to develop a compliant Clean Power Plan.” Additionally, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is a staunch advocate for the Clean Power Plan.

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity criticized the Clean Power Plan, saying the compliance cost of the original proposal would be least $366 billion. Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE said:

“This agency is pursuing an illegal plan that will drive up electricity costs and put people out of work.”

Laura Sheehan, spokeswoman for the ACCCE, told USA Today:

“It is shameful that the Administration and its allies feel compelled to use misleading language to attempt to build support of for its legally questionable power plan which is about reducing carbon, not reducing asthma. Sadly, this rhetoric is nothing more than a red herring designed to hide the fact that carbon rule with not do anything to improve climate change but will result in higher electricity bills that few can afford.”