SCOTUS deals blow to Clean Power Plan

SCOTUS deals blow to Clean Power Plan

DENVER–Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) dealt a blow to the president’s legally questionable “Clean Power Plan,” a federal regulation aimed at reducing pollution from power plants. In an order, the court said the rule, was stayed while industry and state lawsuits against it move through the court system.

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.

The Clean Power Plan is touted as a healthy regulation, but it will actually lead to premature deaths due to the negative impact it will have on the wealth-health connection. According to the non-partisan Institute for Energy Research, the EPA’s new rules cause over 14,000 more deaths by 2030 because of the economic harm it will do to Americans.

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.

Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:

“The Clean Power Plan has virtually no support from Coloradans because we know it will hurt our communities, jobs and the economy, but we also know it will actually have a negative impact on our health. Studies have piled up showing the negative impacts this lawless power-grab will have on our state and nation. Colorado is home to some of the toughest regulations on our energy sector, and we have proven that energy production can be done safely and responsibly without the Obama’s toxic-waste spilling EPA telling us how it is done.”