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Colorado Carbon Dioxide Emissions Act (2008)

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The Carbon Dioxide Emissions from New Facilities, which was also known as the Green House Emission Standard or Initiative 35, was an initiated state statute that was intended to limit carbon dioxide pollution from power plants located in Colorado and from the production of electricity for Coloradoans to help reduce the risks of global warming.

The measure was withdrawn by proponents, after the proposal's primary proponent, Matt Baker, was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission by Gov. Bill Ritter.[1]

"It would be inappropriate to still have that initiative with his name on it," said Matthew Garrington, another listed proponent. He is with Environment Colorado, the coalition led by Baker until he took the PUC job.[1]

Garrington said the group may decide to refile the initiative. Deadline for refiling for the November 2008 ballot was April 25.[1]

Details of the proposal

Features of the proposal include:

  1. Power plants shall emit into the atmosphere no more than 1100 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution per megawatt-hour.
  1. Before a utility company may operate in Colorado it must first obtain certification from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment that the electricity generating facility is designed and will be operated to emit no more than 1100 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution per megawatt-hour.
  1. Every 5 years the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment that the electricity generating facility shall publish new rules and regulations.[2]

Status

The first version of this initiative was rejected, so it was refiled under Initiative 35. It then underwent review by the Title Setting Review Board. It did not make the ballot in 2008.

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