Colorado's governor putting clean-air executive order on hold


DENVER (KKTV) - A draft executive order that would have required state agencies to work on ways to cut carbon dioxide emissions has been place on the back burner.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper says his proposed order was receiving too much political backlash from Colorado Republicans. The order would have sought a one-third cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Hickenlooper says he isn't abandoning the proposal -- or his own commitment to maintaining Colorado's status as a national leader in fighting air pollution.

The draft executive order would have requested state agencies cut the emissions from power generators by 35 percent by 2030, compared with 2012 levels.

To view Gov. Hickenloopers 2015 climate plan click here.