The President says the plan will provide states with flexibility while driving the clean energy sector and benefiting those most at risk from smog and other pollutants.
Governor Pat McCrory says the Clean Power Plan will threaten job creation while doing little to improve the state’s air quality.
“Not only will these new federal rules raise electricity rates,” Governor McCrory said, “they have the potential to jeopardize the success we’ve made in making North Carolina’s air the cleanest it’s been since we began tracking air quality back in the 1970s.”
McCrory’s environmental secretary was also quick to criticize the federal plan:
“The EPA’s one-size-fits-all approach fails to consider the unique nature of each state’s energy generating system and does not take into account recent measures to reduce emissions,” said DENR Secretary Donald van der Vaart. “DENR’s initial review of the final rule reveals that it is legally flawed and will not stand up in court.”
The governor plans a legal challenge to the final rule.
Click below to hear President Obama discuss some of the benefits of the Clean Power Plan. Click here to learn how the plan would impact North Carolina.