September 25, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stuart Sanderson
CMA TO COLORADO: DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE IN ADOPTING EPA RULES
MASSIVE JOB LOSSES AND DOUBLE DIGIT RATE HIKES TO RESULT FROM EPA PLAN
The Colorado Mining Association (CMA) advised Colorado regulators to exercise caution in adopting plans to implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) flawed carbon regulations. In a statement accompanying testimony before the Air Quality Control Commission, CMA President Stuart Sanderson urged Colorado not to rush to implement a regulatory scheme that stands a very real chance of not surviving a court challenge.
“The EPA regulations,” Sanderson said, “are the most costly ($366 billion) in the history of modern Clean Air regulation, will produce double digit rate increases in Colorado, and will do nothing to reduce global carbon emissions. Colorado should exercise extreme caution in saddling consumers with increased energy rates and avoid a presumptive rush to implement its provisions,” he added.
“Don’t repeat the mistakes of the past by rushing to judgment in adopting regulations based on flawed assumptions,” Sanderson told the news media, an obvious reference to state legislation adopted in prior years displacing coal in favor of higher cost energy sources. Assailing the false premise that Colorado would receive full credit for the carbon emissions reductions, Sanderson noted, “the state is receiving no credit for these high cost mandates adopted prior to 2012, and will have to squeeze the economy and consumers further to meet the EPA requirement to reduce emissions by another 32%.” Prior statements about Colorado being “ahead of the curve” in meeting EPA mandates are simply false, he added.
Sanderson praised the decision of Attorney General Cynthia Coffman to join 15 other states in challenging the EPA carbon power grab. EPA has a poor track record in defending these cases, Sanderson added, and “Colorado must retain maximum flexibility to revisit any provisions invalidated by the courts.”
CMA is an industry association, founded in 1876, whose more than 1,000 members include the producers of coal and other minerals throughout Colorado and the west, as well as those who provide services and supplies to Colorado’s $9 billion mining industry.