Senate Republicans responded last week to the dramatic U.S. Supreme Court stay of the EPA "Clean Power Plan."
Senate President Bill Cadman said he believes Gov. Hickenlooper should respect the court's ruling by instructing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to suspend all CPP implementation activities.
"In granting the stay on the EPA's so-called Clean Power Plan, the U.S. Supreme Court said there is a likelihood that the 27 states now suing the EPA will prevail in court and that allowing EPA to proceed without a stay would do irreparable harm to the states," said Cadman. "That being the case, Colorado should follow the federal court ruling and suspend all CPP implementation."
Senator John Cooke (R-Weld County) called the stay "a great victory for Colorado ratepayers and the rule of law. This U.S. Supreme Court decision should send a strong message to the governor not to force Colorado working families into an expensive, likely unconstitutional EPA plan that will cost Coloradans thousands of jobs."
Senator Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) said he is very surprised by the White House and CDPHE statements defying the Supreme Court ruling. "Today the CDPHE said it is ignoring the stay and proceeding to implement the CPP. That is unacceptable, and Governor Hickenlooper needs to explain why his administration is not complying with the federal court order," said Sonnenberg.
Republicans also offered praise for Attorney General Cynthia Coffman's participation in the 27-state court challenge, which has drawn fire from Gov. Hickenlooper.
"We owe a big thank you to Attorney General Cynthia Coffman for challenging the plan in federal court," said Cooke. "This victory illustrates the value of having an attorney general who can act independently from the governor when the public interest demands it."