EPA Begins Two-Day Hearings on Clean Power Plan in Denver
“We’re already seeing the impacts of climate change here in Colorado, from drought to floods, and these extreme weather events will only get worse without bold action to slash carbon pollution.”
— Kim Stevens, Environment Colorado
Denver, CO — Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launches two days of hearings to seek input for a Federal Implementation Plan as part of the finalized Clean Power Plan in downtown Denver. The Clean Power Plan will put limits on global warming pollution from coal-fired power plants – the single largest source of such pollution in the United States – and is a critical step forward to protect our children from the worst impacts of climate change.
These hearings come after Environment Colorado researchers released a new online map, showing nearly 100% of Coloradans live in counties affected by recent weather-related disasters, including wildfires and severe flooding. Scientists say these extreme weather events will become more frequent and severe if we fail to reduce global warming emissions.
Kim Stevens, director of Environment Colorado, issued the following statement in response:
“We’re already seeing the impacts of climate change here in Colorado, from drought to floods, and these extreme weather events will only get worse without bold action to slash carbon pollution. A strong federal plan that puts the “clean” in the Clean Power Plan is critical to ensure not only steep reductions in carbon, but also a speedy transition toward at 100 percent clean energy future.”v