Colorado Renewable Energy Bill Gets Call for Veto From GOP Lawmakers

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About a dozen Republican legislators met on the steps of the state Capitol on Thursday to call for a veto on the rural renewable energy bill, arguing that it, along with gun-control bills passed earlier this year, are an attack on rural Colorado.

Senate Bill 252, which passed May 1, requires the state’s rural-based nonprofit energy cooperatives to increase the amount of renewable energy offered to 20 percent by 2020. It’s a requirement that, according to opponents, places an unfair burden on the state’s rural communities, which get much of their power from cheaper coal.

“We have ranchers and farmers all across the state who right now are also nonprofit, and they’ve been nonprofit for the last five years,” said Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction. “They are just barely hanging on.” MORE …

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