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Colorado Lt. Governor Garcia and Community Leaders Call for Action on Unchecked Carbon Pollution from Power Plants to Protect Public Health, Address Climate Change

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Monday, October 28, 2013
Contact: 
Anneli Berube, (802) 922-2337, anneli@environmentamerica.org

Denver, CO – October 28 – While the Environmental Protection Agency holds a listening session in Denver, seeking input on its forthcoming carbon pollution standard for existing power plants, local leaders, public health officials and environmental advocates will hold a press conference to highlight the urgent need for action on the unchecked carbon pollution. Bold action on carbon pollution from power plants, which are responsible for 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the U.S. that causes climate change, is vital to protect public health.

The event will be held in the second floor event room of the Tattered Cover Bookstore at 1628 16th Street, at 12:15 p.m. and will feature Lt. Governor Garcia; Curt Huber, ED of the American Lung Association in Colorado; Elise Jones, Boulder County Commissioner; Wade Sikorsky, Montana farmer; John Gale, National Sportsmen's Outreach Campaign Manager for National Wildlife Federation; and David Zilar, Colorado Springs small business owner.

The EPA’s listening sessions are the first public effort to get input from key stakeholders across the country, including here in Denver, as the agency prepares to propose a standard next June. In Colorado, extreme weather fueled by climate change has been a reoccurring theme, from the recent record-breaking floods, to destructive wildfires and persistent drought that is affecting farmers and ranchers, as well as the winter sports industry. This proposal follows last month’s similar plan of a carbon pollution standard for new power plants. The first two listening sessions elsewhere in the country were delayed due to the government shutdown, but have been rescheduled to ensure input will be received at all 11 of the agency’s regional offices.

What: Local leaders unite to call for strong standards for carbon pollution from power plants

When: Wednesday, October 30 at 12:15 p.m.

Where: Tattered Cover Bookstore, 1628 16th St, Denver, 2nd floor event space

Speakers:

- Lieutenant Governor Joseph A. Garcia

- Curt Huber, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Colorado

- Elise Jones, Boulder County Commissioner

- Wade Sikorsky, Montana farmer

- John Gale, National Sportmen’s Outreach Campaign Manager for National Wildlife Federation

- David Zilar, Colorado Springs small business owner, Today’s BLDG

 

For more information on the event in Denver, contact: Anneli Berube, (802) 922-2337, anneli@environmentamerica.org

 

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