Attorney General Phil Weiser says Colorado remains undeterred despite Supreme Court’s rollback of nationwide efforts to fight pollution and climate change
June 30, 2022 (DENVER)—Attorney General Phil Weiser released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in West Virginia v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
“The Supreme Court today restricted the EPA’s ability to partner with the States to take nationwide action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from power plants and fight climate change. On account of its broad and aggressive decision in this case, the Court gutted the authority of other federal government agencies to protect Americans in a range of areas, such as public health, safe drinking water, worker safety, or food safety.
“Limiting the federal government’s regulatory authority to protect the public health and welfare leaves a glaring hole for the States to fill. We face significant impacts from climate change in Colorado, including severe droughts, extreme storms, forest fires, and disruption to our outdoor recreation and agricultural economies. State actions are more important than ever, and we must remain undeterred in our mission to protect our land, air, and water. We will continue to hold polluters accountable for the harm they cause and continue to work hard towards a transition to a clean energy economy.”