Pence Says Indiana Could Sue Over Proposed Carbon Caps
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Indiana may take legal action against new carbon emissions caps proposed by President Barack Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Governor Mike Pence told WIBC-FM in Indianapolis that he is considering suing the federal government as a way to stop the emissions limits from being implemented. He is consulting with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.
The state will also lay out its objections during the EPA’s required public comment period, the governor told the radio station. He said it is important that Indiana participate vigorously in the rulemaking process.
On Monday, the president and EPA announced that power plants will have to reduce carbon greenhouse gasses by 20 percent before 2030 in order to combat a rapid increase in climate change.
Pence said in a statement following the EPA announcement that he will oppose the new regulations in favor of working on a new energy plan by his administration.
“I believe that we can find a better way to protect not only the health of our environment, but also the health of our economy and our position in the global marketplace. The president’s proposal does not strike that balance, and I will oppose it while at the same time seeking to find common-sense solutions that promote job creation and economic growth and protect Hoosier rate-payers and employees,” Pence said.
The Republican governor said Indiana receives 80 percent of its electricity from coal power plants, which help employ more than 3,500 people in the coal industry.
“We are a manufacturing state that is competitive in part based on our low cost of energy. Raising the cost of electricity through these proposed EPA regulations will slow manufacturing and hurt Hoosiers across our economy,” said Pence.