CO Supreme Court rejects Hickenlooper’s power-grab

CO Supreme Court rejects Hickenlooper’s power-grab

DENVER—Today, Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement following the Colorado Supreme Court ‘s decision to reject a request by Gov. John Hickenlooper to weigh in on Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s authority to sue over the so-called Clean Power Plan:

“The governor’s seemingly sexist attack on Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is deplorable and it is good for Colorado that our Supreme Court threw his request in the trash. The Clean Power Plan is a dirty mandate that will jack up rates on the poorest Coloradans. Nothing could be more important for the cost of energy on our most vulnerable than killing our lawless president’s anti-energy plan.”

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman joined a multi-state legal challenge to the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan is a federal mandate that will require Colorado to sharply cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

The 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.

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.

Coloradans oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan due to its negative impacts including increases in electricity bills, effects on minority communities and negligible effects on global temperatures or carbon emissions, according to a poll conducted by Magellan Strategies.