Obama Proposes New Efforts Aimed at Cleaner Air & Water

Colorado 2013 flood

What’s the problem? Our driveway ALWAYS disintegrates.

UPDATE: ProgressNow Colorado issues statement pointing to Colorado Republican candidates who are Climate Change deniers:

“In a time when Republicans in Congress are determined to sit on their hands and do nothing for the rest of the year, President Obama’s leadership on this issue is critical,” said ProgressNow Colorado Executive Director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Conservatives in Colorado are not only unwilling to cooperate on addressing significant environmental concerns – they refuse to even acknowledge Climate Change as a serious problem.”

According to FOX 31 Denver, the EPA estimates that reducing emissions will help prevent as many as 6,600 premature deaths and 150,000 asthma attacks in children. President Obama’s Executive Order gives states until June 30, 2016, to submit statewide carbon reduction plans. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the plan will actually reduce the average electric bill in the United States by 8 percent.

“Our two leading candidates for the Republican nomination for Governor—Tom Tancredo and Bob Beauprez—have been outspoken in their belief that Climate Change is not worth their attention,” said Runyon-Harms (Beauprez has called it a “hoax,”[1] and Tancredo has said the issue is ‘bull****’[2]). “Meanwhile, Coloradans continue to experience destructive wildfires, unprecedented flooding, and severe weather patterns that are unlike anything I’ve ever seen in our state.  It doesn’t take a scientist to see the changes in Colorado and worry about long-term climate problems.” 

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As CNN Reports:

An Environmental Protection Agency proposal announced Monday would cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30%.

"Nationwide, by 2030, this rule would achieve CO2 emission reductions from the power sector of approximately 30 percent from CO2 emission levels in 2005," the proposed regulation says. "This goal is achievable because innovations in the production, distribution and use of electricity are already making the power sector more efficient and sustainable while maintaining an affordable, reliable and diverse energy mix."

The EPA says the regulation will also "reduce pollutants that contribute to the soot and smog that make people sick by over 25 percent." The agency projects the reductions will avoid 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children.

States will have a variety of options to meet the goal, including improving energy efficiency both inside and outside plants, changing how long the plants operate each day, and increasing the amount of power derived in other ways through clean energy.

"As president, and as a parent, I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that's beyond fixing," Obama said in his weekly address Saturday.

There's nothing radical about proposing more aggressive goals for reducing carbon emissions, though we don't expect critics among Republicans and the oil & gas industry to hold their respective tongues here. Congressman Cory Gardner, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, has long carried water oil for the oil and gas industry and been an outspoken Climate Change denier.

In the race for Governor, all four Republican candidates have been consistently in denial about Climate Change in general. As Colorado Pols first reported in March, Bob Beauprez believes that Climate Change/Global Warming is “at best a grossly overhyped issue and at worst a complete hoax foisted on most of the world.” Fellow Gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo spoke for the entire Republican Party in 2009 when he said that the GOP position is that Climate Change is "bullshit."

 

12 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Ralphie says:

    Let the whining begin!

    Breathing is for losers.

  2. ZappateroZappatero says:

    Let's start dismantling coal plants in the state (oh, Bill Koch won't like that) and give renewable energy a push worthy of our environment. Let's lead the effort a la California, not hold back the effort and remain in the Dark Ages.

    Of course, we might need a real Democratic Governor for that to happen.

  3. ZappateroZappatero says:

    Here's a list of right wing lies and obfuscations about the proposals. Big Coal does not want this and Colorado's coal extractors and coal addicts will do everything they can to delay and deny.

  4. HeavyG says:

    The policies to accomplish most of this in CO are already set in place (Renewable Electricity Standards, Clean Air Clean Jobs Act). 

    It's getting pretty late in the game to roll them back, though they are still trying.  Will be even harder to do once these regs are finalized next year.

  5. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Meanwhile in the Land of Oz, the AngryOldWhiteMen® remain hell-bent on building what would likely be the last new coal plant construction in the US.  Seventy-eight percent (78%) of the output of the Holcomb plant is reserved for none other than Colorado-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission. 

    That'll show that Obummer…

  6. Charlie3637 says:

    Wonder when Cong. Gardner going to weigh in?  He seems to not like digging into social issues so maybe this will catch his attention. Any bets on what he has to say? I can't figure out why he has been so quiet today. This seems like a gift for the man that represents Weld County. Oh, but wait, he is running for a statewide seat.  Hmmmm….

  7. Gray in Mountains says:

    Remember when Ford had to cease production of automobiles because seat belts were being required?

    • DavieDavie says:

      Yeah, I remember that! ;-)

      American car manufacturers Nash (in 1949) and Ford (in 1955) offered seat belts as options

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seat_belt

      Left up to the GOP, we'd still be in the early stages of the Industrial Revolution with smokestacks filling the skies with chewy black smoke, workers paid starvation wages, working long hours 7 days a week… Oh wait — Koch Industries!

      • Gray in Mountains says:

        once upon a time, not too many years ago, Lake Erie was afire near Cleveland. Several local waters were dead. Fixed by Regulations.

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

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