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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2016

Contact:
Jane Kleeb, 402-705-3622, jane@boldnebraska.org

Bold Nebraska Statement on Supreme Court’s Stay of Clean Power Plan,
Gov. Ricketts’ Order to Halt Development of State Compliance Plan

Lincoln — In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan to reduce our country’s carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, and Gov. Ricketts’ subsequent order that Nebraska halt its already-in-progress work to develop a state compliance plan, Bold Nebraska issued the following statement:

“Nebraskans want more clean energy powering our homes and businesses. We look forward to the Supreme Court hearing the benefits of the Clean Power Plan to our land, water and air,” said Bold Nebraska director Jane Kleeb. “Nebraska can and should move forward with developing a plan to reduce our carbon pollution. Citizens no longer accept the deep pockets of Big Oil and Big Coal stopping progress for clean power in Nebraska.”

More about the Clean Power Plan: http://boldnebraska.org/cpp

Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stated commitment to continue helping the states develop their plans to comply with the Clean Power Plan, Gov. Ricketts has ordered the Nebraska Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to cancel a planned slate of public meetings scheduled to take place over the next three weeks to gather feedback from Nebraskans on the plan.

“The Nebraska DEQ should be moving forward with its planned public meetings to hear from Nebraskans, since the vast majority of citizens even in their own polling said they want more clean power,” added Kleeb. “Transitioning our energy grid to more solar and wind is based on common sense and economic growth, but the Governor only cares about what the national Republicans tell him to think and do when it comes to these big issues.”

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