Denver joins fight against repeal of Clean Power Plan

Trump administration aims to replace protections from Obama era

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The City and County of Denver has filed a challenge against the Environmental Protection Agency’s repeal of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, according to a news release from the city.

President Trump first signed an executive order to review the plan in March 2017, according to the EPA website. Earlier this summer, the EPA replaced the Clean Power Plan with the Affordable Clean Energy rule, which the city of Denver argues “would allow highly polluting, uneconomical fossil fuel generating power plants to continue operating longer than climate science indicates they should be, while setting no overall emissions-reduction requirements,” the news release said.

“Now is not the time for the federal government to be in full retreat from safeguarding our environment from the devastating effects of climate change,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said in the news release. “Repealing the Clean Power Plan is the Trump administration dealing yet another blow to worldwide efforts to combat the greatest environmental threat to the security and well-being of our nation and planet.”

For more information on the Affordable Clean Energy rule, go to https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/proposal-affordable-clean-energy-ace-rule.

After the Clean Power Plan was replaced, a coalition of 29 states and cities, including Colorado and the City of Boulder, filed a Petition for Review, the news release said.

The City of Denver has its own clean energy goals, per its Climate Action Plan, which aims to have 100% renewable electricity by 2030. The plan also hopes to reduce emissions in the city by 80% by 2050. This work would be supported by the Clean Power Plan, which by 2030, would cut carbon emissions from coal- and gas-fueled electrical generation facilities by 32% respective to 2005 levels, the news release said. The new Affordable Clean Energy rule would hinder progress on this plan.

For more information on the city of Denver’s Climate Action plan, go to https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/environmental-health/environmental-quality/climate.html.

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