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CO State Lawmaker says New EPA Rules Don't Go Far Enough

PHOTO: Rep. Max Tyler and the new Colorado State Legislature will wrestle with how the state can meet the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Photo courtesy of Colorado House Democrats.
PHOTO: Rep. Max Tyler and the new Colorado State Legislature will wrestle with how the state can meet the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Photo courtesy of Colorado House Democrats.
January 19, 2015

DENVER – The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to rein in carbon pollution won't happen without a fight with the coal industry.

But one state lawmaker in Colorado says the benefits, and the costs of not acting, are too important to ignore.

The Clean Power Plan calls on the state to cut its carbon emissions by 35 percent by the year 2030.

State. Rep. Max Tyler of Lakewood says the plan isn't just about economics.

"If you're going to have cleaner power, you're going to have a lot fewer health problems, a lot less asthma for kids, a lot less health issues for elderly who can't deal with the polluted air," he stresses.

Tyler maintains the shift to clean energy would also be good for Colorado's economy.

The EPA received more than 8 million comments in support of reining in pollution from power plants.

The rules are set to go into effect sometime this summer, although Republican Party leaders in Congress have said they'll try to stop or weaken them.

Tyler points out that the cheapest and most effective way to reduce carbon pollution is to increase efficiency and use less energy.

Although he supports the EPA's proposal, he says the nation, and states, will have to go even further to get the job done.

"I think it'll be very clear that they weren't enough, and that we're going to have to do more if we're going to have a world that our children and grandchildren can be comfortable in," he explains.


Eric Galatas/Scott Herron, Public News Service - CO