Mayor Pam Hemminger announced Friday that the Chapel Hill Town Council has joined in support of an amicus brief filed in a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in defense of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
In doing so, Chapel Hill joins more than 50 other cities and counties that believe that the Clean Power Plan is a necessary legal step toward addressing the extraordinary threat posed by climate change.
“As one of the first municipalities to participate in the 2006 Carbon Reduction Program, Chapel Hill, working with our UNC-Chapel Hill and Orange County partners, has been a leader in making steady progress toward reducing emissions. Signing onto this brief demonstrates our town’s continued commitment to environmental sustainability,” Hemminger said in a statement.
“The Clean Power Plan provides cities across the United States with a path forward towards real carbon reductions. Additionally, emphasis on increased use of renewable energy and energy conservation, will drive innovation and advance new energy solutions – both of which play a critical role in creating a sustainable future for our town and our country.
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“As we continue to better our town by improving air quality and accelerating cleaner solutions, we hope the federal government will be able to do the same for our generation and those to come.”