There has been plenty of reaction from both sides of the issue on the Clean Power Plan unveiled by President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday. Proponents of the plan say it will help fend off climate change by reducing carbon dioxide pollution. Opponents maintain that carbon dioxide is NOT a pollutant, and that the plan will have a devastating effect on the national economy, while doing nothing significant for the environment. The change, while extremely costly, is expected to reduce global warming by about 1/100th of a degree Fahrenheit. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the announcement of the rule, which requires a 32% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, was a “wicked cool moment.” Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid shot back that “It’s not wicked-cool for miners, power plant workers, the poor, middle class, seniors or minorities.” He said “Disposable income only goes so far. It’s not a wicked-cool moment for Northwest Colorado and I would argue that it’s not wicked-cool for America’s economy.” The Consumer Energy Alliance also opposes the new rule. In a statement, they said ““Study after study has shown that these rules will raise both electricity and natural gas prices for all American consumers, threaten grid reliability and security, and take an amount of electricity equal to the total electricity demand of New England offline with no plan to replace the lost production.” The plan is tougher than the originally proposed rule, which mandated a 30% reduction in carbon emissions. The Colorado Mining Association says uncertainty about the rule has already caused job losses in the state, and if the rule is implemented, it will cause even further damage to communities that have never recovered from the latest recession. Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman says she is looking into legal challenges, while Governor Hickenlooper says the state will attempt to comply.
Reactions to EPA’s New Power Rule
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