Is he simply ignorant or willfully ignoring a key provision of the Clean Power Plan? In his Aug. 15 Point of View “Cooper’s puzzling EPA stance,” N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart correctly gave North Carolina credit for having reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent since 2005. However, he then incorrectly concluded that “the Clean Power Plan would ignore these successes.”
All such plans to reduce undesirable substances in the environment have three elements: a baseline year, a target year and a percentage reduction.
These three elements in the Clean Power Plan are: the baseline year 2005, the target year 2030 and the percent reduction of 30 percent.
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Therefore, contrary to the secretary’s assertion, North Carolina has after only 10 years (between 2005 and 2015) already met two-thirds of the reduction target of 30 percent (not required until 15 years from now in 2030).
All parties should discuss policy options based on well-informed facts. The public deserves no less.
Dan W. Figgins