CADA Responds to Ritter's Colorado Climate Action Plan


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Gov. Bill Ritter on Monday rolled out the state's first "Climate Action Plan."

"Climate change is our generation's greatest environmental challenge," Gov. Ritter said in his announcement. "It threatens our economy, our Western way of life and our future. It will change every facet of our existence, and unless we address it and adapt to it, the results will be catastrophic for generations to


"I strongly believe we can make a difference. In setting and achieving the goals in this Colorado Climate Action Plan, we will continue to expand the New Energy Economy, show leadership as a state, increase our energy security, and call on the federal government to take strong action."


The Climate Action Plan, which includes an agricultural carbon sequestration and offset program, establishes two greenhouse-gas reduction goals: 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.


The agricultural program would enlist farmers and ranchers to participate in a regional consortium to sequester carbon and reduce emissions on agricultural lands, and sell the resulting carbon credits over a multi-state region.


Other strategies in the Climate Action Plan include:


Specifically, Gov. Ritter said he will:

The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association immediately denounced Ritter's plan to increase auto emissions standards, saying Colorado shouldn't adopt California's standards -- currently the strictest in the nation. California is waiting for a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the standards, as are more than a dozen other states who have said they'd follow California's lead.


"Some states have created vehicle buy-back programs to take older, higher emitting vehicles off the street," Tim Jackson, president of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, said in a statement. "In certain places, utilities and others wanting to gain carbon credits buy back old cars. When those older cars are taken out of commission and new lower emission vehicles replace them, the net result is cleaner air."