The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan proposal is the most important action taken yet by our nation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, the single largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the United States.
The Feb. 11 Point of View “ How EPA rules would choke N.C. economy” by Brian Balfour of the Civitas Institute would mislead readers to believe that there are only costs and no benefits to the EPA’s plan. Unsurprisingly, a quick Google search reveals arguments similar to Civitas’ on industry-supported websites promoting coal.
Experts have determined that North Carolina’s coast is highly vulnerable to sea-level rise and the impacts of climate change. A failure to respond to this threat to our coast would impair both our health and our economy. Therefore, inaction is simply not an option.
Our state has long been a leader in the Southeast on issues related to air quality and protecting residents from the harmful impacts of pollution. For North Carolina, this means that Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration needs to put forward a proposal in support of the Clean Power Plan that will cut carbon emissions and build on our strong foundation of clean energy successes.
Political Chair, Sierra Club Capital Group