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Gardner Peddles False Chamber Report to Attack Clean Power Plan

15 Oct 2014  |   Andrew Seifter

Tags: Dirty Dozen

At the Colorado Business Roundtable candidates energy forum this week, Senate candidate and Dirty Dozen member Cory Gardner (R-CO) falsely attacked the EPA’s Clean Power Plan by citing a thoroughly debunked study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

At the forum, Gardner stated: “According to IHS, a company headquartered right here in Douglas County, [the EPA’s power plant carbon pollution] regulations will increase costs to the economy by $50 billion.”  Gardner was referring to a study commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce, which alleged in a press release announcing the study: “The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plans to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will cost America’s economy over $50 billion a year between now and 2030.” The Chamber press release noted that its Energy Institute “commissioned the respected research and analytics firm IHS to conduct the modeling and analysis.”

However, the Chamber’s “study” was actually based on assumptions about an imagined proposal that was nothing like what the EPA actually proposed in the Clean Power Plan, and independent fact checkers long ago rated it “false” and “four Pinocchios” to cite the Chamber’s report. 

During the forum, Gardner also touted a campaign ad he ran in which he posed in front of wind turbines, even though the Associated Press described the legislation he referenced in the ad as a "failed measure" that was "deemed useless for not enabling a single project."  He also expressed support for the so-called REINS Act, which would delay or shut down the implementation of vital public health and environmental safeguards, and attacked the EPA's Clean Water Rule, which would clarify Clean Water Act protections for the small streams, wetlands, headwaters, and tributaries that impact the drinking water of over 117 million Americans.

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