Hickenlooper’s romance with EPA and Clean Power Plan hurts Coloradans

Hickenlooper’s romance with EPA and Clean Power Plan hurts Coloradans

DENVER—Today, Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement regarding Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper asking the Colorado Supreme Court to weigh in on Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan:

“We are disturbed to see Gov. Hickenlooper so critical of our state’s attorney general fighting for Coloradans who deserve affordable, reasonable and sound energy policies. The Clean Power Plan will spike energy prices, hurt the most vulnerable, have seemingly no positive impact on the environment, and all for a huge, burdensome cost. The Clean Power Plan is all pain, no gain, which is why so many people support Attorney General Coffman fighting hard for Coloradans.”

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.