McCrory labels Obama’s Clean Power Plan overreaching, vows legal challenge

President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final Clean Power Plan Monday establishing the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants.

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.



  1. Pertains!

    August 3, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Being in Duke’s pocket taints his opinion on this as well as related topics.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    August 3, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Hopefully we can get more states in on the lawsuits. Coal is cleaner than ever and provides safe efficient power that the regular guy can afford. Natural gas as well is a good source and becoming even more affordable, and more useful for the varying load times, but nothing can beat coal and nuclear as an excellent base load source of power.

  3. Gene Hoglan

    August 3, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Aww that’s so adorable, Mayor McCheese thinks he’s a big boy now.

  4. Cheryl

    August 3, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I don’t want my taxpayer money used for a lawsuit to benefit his masters.

  5. Dr David H Bland

    August 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Instead of spending dollars we don’t have, why not be thankful for the progress we’ve already made in carbon pollution reduction and support the solar and wind energy alternatives which abound in our great state?

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    August 5, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Actually we do have the money….they just need to divert some of the $100 million Medicaid surplus to this. A much better cause for sure!

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