Colo. AG join fight against lawless Clean Power Plan

Colo. AG join fight against lawless Clean Power Plan

DENVER—Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman will join 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.

Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement: 

“Coloradans oppose the so-called Environmental ‘Protection’ Agency’s lawless Dirty Power Plan and our attorney general got it exactly right when she said we will join the legal fight against this job-killing, out-of-control plan to destroy jobs. The EPA is not a credible leader on environmental policy and we need to look no further than its latest destructive, toxic spill into our water system that’s hurt communities and real human lives. We are all praising Attorney General Cynthia Coffman for her strong leadership and decision to fight the imperial EPA and the lawlessness that Obama’s administration is pushing in its crusade on American energy independence.”

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.

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.