Bennet: Climate Change Already Affecting Colorado

Stresses Importance of Public Comments to Sound Rulemaking

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today welcomed the Administration’s public hearings, including two in Denver, to gather comments on its Clean Power Plan.

“The proposed plan to curb dangerous carbon pollution will support Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Our state is already experiencing the negative effects of a changing climate.  The constant threat of wildfire, prolonged drought that imperils our $40 billion agriculture industry, and our shortened winters (and ski seasons) and longer summers all demand action.  Fortunately, Colorado is already well-positioned to meet these carbon reduction targets.

“Colorado has not waited for Washington to act.  For years, our state has led the nation by forging commonsense energy solutions that reduce harmful pollution, including our renewable portfolio standard, the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, and the recent, industry-supported rules regarding fugitive methane.

“This week’s hearings are an important part of the rulemaking process and I’m glad Coloradans have signed up in droves to participate.  Coming out of the public comment period, I will work to ensure the final rule reflects Colorado’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions while generating strong economic growth.”