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*N E W S R E L E A S E*
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
JULY 17, 2017
CONTACT: STAN DEMPSEY, JR.
CLIMATE PLANNING BY EXECUTIVE ORDER—COLORADO STYLE
GOVERNOR HICKENLOOPER: “LESS COAL!”
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN
Denver, CO—The Colorado Mining Association is alarmed by the Governor’s new Executive Order establishing goals of reducing power plant CO2 emissions. The targets announced appear overly aggressive, mirroring those of the Paris Climate Agreement and the U.S. Climate Alliance. Specifically, the Governor is calling for a 25% reduction below 2012 levels in power plant CO2 by 2025 and 35% by 2030.
While long on promises, such as reducing electricity customers’ costs through energy efficiency savings, there are no guarantees of either savings or the Governor’s pledge of “no additional costs.”
The Governor’s Order speaks to “voluntary” actions by electric utilities, but a glaring omission is any suggestion of which generating units may be retired or retrofitted, at what additional cost to utility customers.
CMA President Stan Dempsey, Jr. stated, “CMA is very concerned the Governor explicitly stated there would be less coal used in Colorado.”
CMA appreciates the Governor’s interest in assisting workers and communities affected by public policy decisions such as the Governor’s Executive Order resulting in job losses. CMA believes legislators and the Governor should instead devote their energy to protecting high paying mining jobs.