Today, Governor Roy Cooper expressed his deep concern about the Environmental Protection Agency's new Affordable Clean Energy Rule. The ACE Rule eliminates the EPA's existing Clean Power Plan and fails to meaningfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
"My administration will continue to oppose strongly this rollback that could allow coal fired plants to spew more pollution into our air. Clean air and renewable energy mean better health and a stronger economy,"
said Governor Cooper.
The final action narrowly limits states' ability to regulate carbon dioxide pollution from existing power plants by only allowing emission standards that require modest efficiency improvements.
Last fall, Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 80
, which calls for a 40% reduction statewide in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, compared to 2005 levels. In addition, it states that by 2025, North Carolina will increase the number of registered, zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) to at least 80,000 and reduce energy consumption per square foot in state-owned buildings by at least 40% from fiscal year 2002-2003 levels. The executive order also directs the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to develop a clean energy plan for the state by this fall.
Governor Cooper testified in February
before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in Washington, D.C. regarding the increasing frequency and severity of storms impacting North Carolina that are fueled by climate change. In his testimony, Governor Cooper noted NC's commitment to the U.S. Climate Alliance in the wake of the U.S. leaving the Paris agreement to combat climate change. He also called for federal government leadership in the form of supporting funds, research and international agreements in the face of the climate crisis.
- Contact: Ford Porter