Ritter unveils Climate Action Plan

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Gov. Bill Ritter catapulted the state into the greenhouse gas policing arena with the launch of the stat’s Climate Action Plan yesterday.

Calling climate change the nation’s greatest environmental challenge, Ritter outlined details of the plan at Coors Field in Denver.

The plan calls for two greenhouse-gas reduction goals: 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050 and includes an agricultural carbon sequestration and offset program.

Other strategies in the Climate Action Plan include:

  • Cut emissions from Xcel Energy and Aquila and create goals for cutting emissions from other utilities operating in the state.
  • Eventual mandatory emission reporting for greenhouse gas producers.
  • Partner with research institutions and industry to develop clean-coal technologies,
  • Urge the federal government to accelerate financial incentives for reductions.
  • Direct the Colorado Air Quality Control Division to propose “clean car greenhouse gas emission standards” within one to two years.

Colorado now joins California and New Jersey as states that have instituted environmental guidelines.

The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association denounced Ritter’s plan, saying Colorado shouldn’t adopt California’s strict auto emission standards.