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► As Peter Marcus reports for the Durango Herald, the long-awaited, first-ever, Colorado statewide water plan was unveiled on Thursday. There was much rejoicing:
Surrounded by a large, jovial crowd of Colorado water stakeholders, Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday unveiled a final plan that the administration hopes will map the future of water across the state.
Colorado’s Water Plan aims at achieving 400,000 acre-feet of municipal and industrial water conservation by 2050. To get there, the plan encourages a shift in philosophy.
“Now is the time when you rethink how you can be more efficient in the water you use,” Hickenlooper said during a ceremony at History Colorado, which was chosen as a location to highlight the historical significance of the water plan.
“I do think the cultural shift is underway, and I think those conversations, and everyone looking at how they can use water more efficiently, is critical,” the governor said.
We’ll stop there before we get too far into the policy weeds; it is Friday, after all.
► Governor John Hickenlooper likes the federal Clean Power Plan emissions standards. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman does not, so she added Colorado to a lawsuit presented by several states. John Frank of the Denver Post catches us up on the latest in this legal and political battle:
Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is facing sharp questions from Democratic lawmakers about the costs and legal conflicts related to her decision to join a lawsuit to block the Obama administration’s tougher air quality standards.
Coffman, a Republican, brushed aside the concerns at a legislative hearing Thursday, defending her authority to challenge the Clean Power Plan emission rules.
Gov. John Hickenlooper disputes Coffman’s legal standing and recently asked the Colorado Supreme Court to intervene and declare that he “has ultimate authority” on whether to sue the federal government. The attorney general’s office will respond with a legal brief Friday.
The constitution, Coffman said, gives her “common law” authority to represent Colorado residents that goes beyond the limited powers outlined in state law. [Pols emphasis]
“Common law?” That sounds like a fancy way of saying, I only pay attention to laws that benefit my goals. That would be par for the course for Coffman.
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