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New EPA Carbon Rule Could Turn Tide for Clean Energy in Indiana

Posted On June 03, 2014

By Mary Kuhlman, Indiana News Service

Environmental and faith-based groups in Indiana are hailing a new EPA rule proposed to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.  Photo courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Environmental and faith-based groups in Indiana are hailing a new EPA rule proposed to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.
Photo courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed limits on carbon pollution could turn the tide for the future of clean energy in the state.

Indiana is among the top producers of carbon pollution, and under the rule announced Monday, the state needs to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 20 percent by 2030.

Rev. Lyle McKee of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Bloomington and board chair of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, says the measure will help fulfill the nation’s moral and ethical obligation to end the pollution contributing to climate change.

“It’s sort of high time we see some actual limits on carbon put forth,” he says. “Just across the board, people see these problems and see it as a call of conscience and of faith to be active.”

Gov. Mike Pence says Indiana will oppose the regulations and that an energy strategy is needed that will incorporate all forms of energy, including wind, solar, natural gas and coal resources.

Indiana gets 80 percent of its electricity from coal.

Jodi Perras, a representative of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign, says the goal is an achievable challenge that needs to be taken on immediately to spur job creation.

“Why can’t we focus on manufacturing solar panels and wind turbines and support more of our businesses that are already manufacturing good energy-efficiency projects?” she asks. “There are good jobs that are to be had in the clean-energy economy of the 21st century, and we just need to get in the race for that.”

Perras says state leaders need to start planning for how to replace the state’s aging coal-fired power plants with clean energy that is healthy for communities.

She says a first step would be to bring back Indiana’s recently cut energy-efficiency program.

“If you don’t generate the energy in the first place, it’s cheaper and cleaner and the best way to reduce carbon pollution is to not have to run a coal plant to begin with,” she points out.

McKee adds that action on carbon pollution is needed now to reduce the climate disruptions such as floods and storms that are impacting lives across the globe.

“If we actually do cut this, we will lead the world, which we certainly need to do,” he says. “We’ve been the major polluter. We should certainly lead the world in reducing the pollution that’s causing devastation around the planet.”

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3 comments
RBAE76
RBAE76

for every "expert" claiming the adverse effects of global warming, there are an equal number of "experts" claiming the opposite.  Pollution has ben cut tremendously since the industrial age and coal is cleaner and safer than it ever has been!   How many of these jobs lost with the new regulations will be replaced with solar and wind turbine facilities here in Indiana?  I'm guessing ZERO.   If you want the truth, follow the money and who stands to make a bunch of money off of all the "green energy companies".    How many of the billions of dollars this administration gave and loaned to green energy companies has actually produced any energy or jobs?

Jerry Weicheld
Jerry Weicheld

Santa Claus Obama is the worst President since Jimmy Carter. Gas is 4.00 a Gallon, and the Liberal Media says nothing. Health care Premiums are thru the roof. 

fareforall
fareforall

indiana does need to step into the 21 century!  there are so many oppertunities out there, we just need our

state leaders to open their eyes and quit fighting for the big companies.