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Coloradans to rally in support of landmark EPA proposal

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy waves as she prepares to present a landmark proposal for carbon pollution standards on June 2, 2014.
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy waves as she prepares to present a landmark proposal for carbon pollution standards on June 2, 2014.Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Coloradoans will rally Tuesday, June 3, 2014 in support of landmark new carbon pollution standards announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The new standards are part of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

The EPA proposal would set the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. Along with an earlier proposal addressing new power plants, the week’s EPA proposal addressing older plants would be a game changer, according to Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters. She said it would “protect us from the health risks and impacts of climate change.”

“Power Plants currently churn out about 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the air we breathe, and contribute to hundreds of thousands of asthma and heart attacks,” said John Podesta in a release from the White House.

Colorado organizations lauding the EPA proposal include the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club, Conservation Colorado, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Environment Colorado, Blue and Yellow Logic and the Denver Department of Environmental Health.

The rally will take place at 1 p.m. in the Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St.

Chris Arend of Conservation Colorado said the state is well positioned to comply with the proposal. Colorado leads through its efforts to increase renewable energy, invest in energy efficiency and cut carbon pollution.

“As we work to reduce dangerous carbon pollution from power plants, we will modernize the way that we power our state through clean, renewable energy like wind, solar, and energy efficiency. Our state possesses enormous potential to invest in affordable clean energy solutions that will create jobs, protect Colorado families, save consumers and businesses money, and reduce our dependence on dirty power plants. Cutting pollution that harms our families and communities will also save billions of dollars in health, cleanup, and disaster recovery costs,” said Roger Singer of the Sierra Club.