Colorado may join legal fight against “Clean” Power Plan

Colorado may join legal fight against “Clean” Power Plan

DENVER—Colorado may join the legal fight against the so-called Clean Power Plan that President Obama revealed on Monday. Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said the plan “raises significant concerns for Colorado.”

“Advancing Colorado absolutely supports Colorado joining the other states fighting for their citizens against the president’s seemingly lawless so-called ‘energy’ plan,” said Jonathan Lockwood, executive director of Advancing Colorado. “This dirty, expensive plan will impose billions of dollars in costs, create a less reliable power grid, hurt Colorado families and it will kill jobs. The governor shouldn’t bow down to the federal government, he should be standing up for Colorado.”

Coffman said her office will carefully review the plan and evaluate its long-term consequences for Colorado adding:

“As I put the best interests of Colorado first, it may become necessary to join other states in challenging President Obama’s authority under the Clean Air Act.”

Gov. John Hickenlooper praised the president’s Clean Power Plan but did not address a potential legal challenge from the Attorney General’s office. Hickenlooper stated:

“We realize these are ambitious goals and may be challenging for Colorado, but we have risen to these challenges before by developing a mix of cost-effective strategies across the energy spectrum.”

American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle explained in a statement that the Environmental Protection Agency’s own models reveal the president’s plan is not worth the cost:

“EPA’s own models show that their carbon rule will limit global temperature rise by a mere 0.018 degrees Celsius by 2100. That’s a bad deal for the American people. State leaders should protect their citizens from Obama’s costly carbon rule by refusing to submit a plan.”