Nearly two dozen states including Colorado that are challenging the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan say that the bureaucratic regulations will hamper efforts in western states to protect the sage grouse.
Santa came early this year!
This particularly enlightening claim comes from a filing submitted by Wyoming’s attorney general this week, who says that the EPA refused to consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service when they crafted the rule so the sage grouse were ignored.
Of course we now know that the EPA was too busy consulting with environmental groups to put coal companies out of business to be bothered with actually doing their job.
“The final rule requires significant development of new renewable generation. It is no secret where new renewable generation can be located in any given state. For example, in Wyoming, significant amounts of wind and solar resources are unlikely to be developed because they are located in core sage grouse habitat, which also supports threatened and endangered species such as the Piping Plover and the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse.”
The rule is harmful to the grouse and the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse?
This lawsuit to overturn the clean power rules is the very same one that sent Gov. Hickenlooper running to the Colorado Supreme Court to stop Attorney General Cynthia Coffman from joining the states in the challenge.
Hick lost his case, and it’s starting to look like the EPA will lose theirs as well.