Bennett says 'constant threat of wildfire' is from climate change


An image from last year's Black Forest Fire. - FILE PHOTO
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  • An image from last year's Black Forest Fire.

In a statement released today, Sen. Michael Bennet lauded the news that the Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed a rule that would cut carbon pollution by 30 percent by 2030. He also (accurately) attributed the past couple years' disasters to climate change.
“I support the President’s action to curb dangerous carbon pollution, because Colorado 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 season) 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.

“I am pleased that the EPA will allow for an extended comment period on the draft rule. I look forward to reviewing the details of the proposal and working to ensure the final rule reflects Colorado’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions while generating strong economic growth.”
As far as the new regulations, the Associated Press says Colorado is already kicking ass, though it will still have to meet the reduction goal.

"Colorado got high praise Monday in a plan from the Obama administration aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years," wrote Kristen Wyatt. "Colorado was cited repeatedly as a model for reducing carbon emissions while managing to 'dispatch power effectively in the short term and to ensure adequate capacity in the long term.'"

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