The state began its shift away from coal nearly a decade ago with the Clean Air, Clean Jobs act.
Clean Power Plan
The president's executive order instructs the Environmental Protection Agency to review the Clean Power Plan and other regulations.
- The state's Republican attorney general and Democratic governor disagree on the Obama administration’s fight against global warming.Read more
The governor opposes the universal health care initiative, but says he's "sympathetic" to most other ballot questions.
Gov. John Hickenlooper is looking for ways to defuse a Republican effort to strip funding from the state agency developing the plan.
- Republicans say it's a waste of money to try to comply with the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. Democrats insist that Colorado should move ahead on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas.Read more
- Unless lawmakers reach a deal, the division and its 95 workers would lose funding on July 1.Read more
The governor also discussed transportation funding, single-payer healthcare, and his biggest legislative priority in his regular conversation with Colorado Matters.
Colorado is one of the few states--including Iowa, Michigan and Maryland--where attorney generals and governors are split on the Clean Power Plan.
- Forest Service officials too support mining in the area because it says North Fork Valley coal is among the cleanest available. That's despite the possibility for millions of dollars in damage.Read more