I’ll be speaking about the climate crisis this evening in Denver. Click here for the inside skinny. I hope to see you there, please bring your children.
Here’s the release from Senator Bennet’s office:
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s Executive Order that attempts to reverse multiple major U.S. initiatives to combat climate change.
“This anti-climate Executive Order is a direct assault on the health of our children and clean energy economy,” Bennet said. “President Trump’s decision to rewrite the Clean Power Plan could jeopardize thousands of new jobs and billions to our economy, and produce a confusing patchwork of state laws for American businesses. It also could prevent the EPA from regulating clean air and water, sacrificing a rigorous scientific process in the name of ideology. Instead of leading the fight against climate change and transition to clean energy, this Administration has abandoned it.”
“Despite this disturbing action, Colorado will continue to lead the nation by growing its clean energy economy and meeting its target under the Clean Power Plan,” Bennet continued. “I’ll continue to work across the aisle to combat climate change for our businesses, our children’s health, and the future of our planet.”
Bennet, along with nine other U.S. Senators from six Western states, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to rescind the Executive Order.
The Executive Order calls for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reevaluate the Clean Power Plan, which set the first-ever national standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants 32 percent by 2030. The Clean Power Plan would have provided $54 billion in climate and health benefits each year, prevented thousands of premature deaths and asthma attacks in children, reduced electricity bills for homes and businesses, and created thousands of good-paying jobs.
The Executive Order also calls for the Office of Management and Budget to review the Social Cost of Carbon, which has been used since the Bush Administration to ensure that our regulations reflect the full cost of climate change.
And the Nature Conservancy weighs in:
The Nature Conservancy strongly supports actions to address climate change and that affirm the basic safeguards that protect our air, land and water from pollution. The executive order signed today on climate solutions and environmental protections takes us in the wrong direction.
Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek said, “The Nature Conservancy strongly supports continued US leadership in fulfilling the promises of the Paris Agreement, and believes that federal action, including a price on carbon, are essential to addressing the threats a changing climate poses to our economy, our communities, and natural systems.
“We also support the efforts of the many state governments that are encouraging the already strong demand for renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. Because of these efforts, many states are making significant progress towards reducing carbon pollution, but even greater efforts are needed and would benefit from national leadership. For example, federal fuel economy standards are essential in driving the development of technologies that lower fuel use, reduce automobile emissions, and save consumers money at the gas pump. The economic gains we stand to make if we stay committed to a low-carbon future are too significant to ignore.”
“The very real losses to our economy and our community from ignoring climate impacts are considerable, but we’re also missing a substantial opportunity. These solutions bring with them more jobs, more innovation, more choices for consumers, cleaner air and water, and better health. These are benefits the American people want for themselves and for their families.”
Governor Hickenlooper had this to say:
Today’s Executive Order by the President pulling back on policies addressing climate change will not deter Colorado’s efforts. Natural gas has become more economical than coal, and Colorado is a national leader on wind and solar energy, which are a boon to our economy, jobs and the environment.
Our efforts to clean our air and protect the natural environment are part of what draws young people, families, and businesses to Colorado. Our outdoor recreation industry, which helps create jobs all across the state, is dependent upon cleaner air and water. We have a history of solving complex problems and taking action to move the state closer to meeting its clean air goals, and we have shown that we can have cleaner air and reduce harmful carbon emissions at essentially no additional cost‒ potentially even saving money for Colorado families.
We will keep building a clean energy future that creates Colorado jobs, improves our health and addresses the harmful consequences of a changing climate. [ed. emphasis mine]