Baumgardner Clean Energy Bill Dies on Party Line Vote
Submitted by admin on Thu, 2013-02-14 12:51
Yesterday, the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs blocked Senator Randy Baumgardner’s (R-Cowdrey) clean energy bill that would incentivize utilities to use Coal Mine Methane gas as part of their renewable energy portfolio.
“This bill encourages companies to invest in Colorado’s future and improves the environment that we live in by building Methane Capture facilities,” said Baumgardner, the sponsor of the Senate Bill 3. “The capture of Coal Mine Methane (CMM) gas benefits Coloradans by making beneficial use of a source of energy that would otherwise be wasted, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and provides jobs and revenues to local communities.”
The EPA estimates that coal mines account for around 10 percent of annual methane emissions in the United States and that inactive coal mines can emit gas for up to 90 years after their closure. The bill died on a party line vote.
“This bill had everything that Democrats profess to love – jobs, clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Baumgardner said. “It’s sad that their partisan agenda stood in the way of this bill that would reduce emissions and create jobs all over Colorado.”