(Jan. 21) – Reps. KC Becker and Max Tyler hailed today’s ruling by a federal appeals court upholding the Clean Power Plan, a major federal initiative to reduce emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases.
“The official tally came in this week: 2015 was the warmest year in recorded history, breaking a record set the year before,” said Rep. Becker, D-Boulder. “The Clean Power Plan will help the United States, which is by far the biggest per-capita consumer of energy on the planet, to bend the curve away from runaway climate change.”
The Clean Power Plan, introduced in 2014, sets the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants and encourages development of clean energy like solar and wind. The plan will cut carbon pollution 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
“Now that the Clean Power Plan has passed this legal test, the states must move aggressively to implement it,” said Rep. Tyler, D-Lakewood. “Here in Colorado, we didn’t wait around to be told that greenhouse gas reduction was the right thing to do. Because we’ve always been a leader on clean air, we have a big head start on other states in complying with the plan. And we have the ability to cut carbon pollution even more.”