Colorado attorney general to join in suit on Obama’s Clean Power Plan

flagCO250Colorado has joined the growing list of states that will sue the Environmental Protection Agency to stop the implementation of President Barack Obama’s controversial Clean Power Plan.

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said the lawsuit challenging the EPA’s authority represents “crucial litigation” against the measure first proposed last year. More than 20 states are expected to be part of the filing.

“We have been looking at (the plan) and evaluating whether or not there is such an impact on Colorado that we needed to put our name on a lawsuit,” Coffman, a Republican, said in an interview recently with the Denver Post. “We just determined this week that is exactly where we need to be.”

The Clean Power Plan targets existing coal-burning power plants to cut carbon emissions nationwide by 32 percent before 2030 against 2005 levels.

In Colorado, the plan calls for a 28 percent reduction in overall carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 against 2012 levels.

“if you make a change like the one we will see if this rule is implemented, I think it has the potential to cost jobs,” Coffman said. “I think it will impact the rates that we pay for our electricity. And I think it impacts the rights of our state government to make these decisions about how electricity is delivered.”

 

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