Gov. John Hickenlooper backs down on implementation of Clean Power Plan in Colorado

Gov. John Hickenlooper backs down on implementation of Clean Power Plan in Colorado

DENVER—Grace Hood with Colorado Public Radio released a report today indicating Gov. John Hickenlooper is backing down on Colorado’s implementation of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan.

Gov. John Hickenlooper told CPR that he’s willing to temporarily halt state work on the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan if that would defuse an effort to strip funding from the agency developing the plan.

“I’m happy to have them stop working on it if that’s a problem, if that becomes a partisan issue,” Hickenlooper told a CPR reporter after a lunch hosted by the American Petroleum Institute.

Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:

“Our governor is right to evolve on his position and to back down on implementing the Clean Power Plan here in Colorado, we agree that Colorado has already made considerable efforts in addressing climate change. The Supreme Court was right to halt implementation of the Clean Power Plan and Gov. Hickenlooper was right to finally cave to the voices of Coloradans who care about our state’s energy portfolio. CDPHE is probably pouting that they can’t continue their lawless Clean Power Plan crusade, but they should count their lucky stars that the governor is working on striking a balance in addressing this issue.”

According to the non-partisan Institute for Energy Research, the EPA’s new rules cause over 14,000 more deaths by 2030.

From the institute’s report:

“The EPA acknowledged this ‘health-wealth’ connection in the past and has used it in economic analyses, stating: ‘people’s wealth and health status, as measured by mortality, morbidity, and other metrics, are positively correlated. Hence, those who bear a regulation’s compliance costs may also suffer a decline in their health status, and if the costs are large enough, these increased risks might be greater than the direct risk-reduction benefits of the regulation.’”

Coloradans oppose the EPA’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.

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. In addition to all of the negative economic impacts, by the EPA’s own models, the carbon rule will limit global temperature rise by an inconsequential 0.018 degrees Celsius by 2100.