NC Senate approves bill to fight Obama’s new clean power plan

North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina lawmakers passed a bill to fight the Obama administration’s new clean power plant rules.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s clean power plan calls for a 32-percent reduction in green house gasses coming from power plants by 2030, and for each state to submit a plan to reach those goals.

On Wednesday, the state senate approved a bill that would go  against the Obama administration’s push to cut power plant pollution.

“The senate has issued an edict.  We don’t operate that way.  We operate under the rule of law,” said Sen. Phil Berger (R) the NC Senate President Pro Tem.

“I don’t want my grandkids not to be able to swim in Hawaii, or climb a mountain and see a glacier, because we didn’t do something about it,” Obama said Monday in announcing the plan.

In North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory has been outspoken against the power plan, saying the federal rules will raise electricity rates and jeopardize the progress North Carolina has made with clean air.

In a statement, McCrory said, “Not only will these new federal rules raise electricity rates 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.”

The measure now moves back to the house for approval.

North Carolina lawmakers are fighting back against Obama’s plan to clean up the country’s power plants.

The clean power plan will reduce green house gas emissions over the next 15 years, and each state will have to figure out how to meet that goal.

“With this clean power plan by 2030, carbon emissions will be less than it was a decade ago,” Obama said.

North Carolina isn’t a coal-producing state but plan opponents say it’s a bad idea.

McCrory and his administration have been fighting the plan from the beginning. And now a bill is making its way through the state senate.

If passed, the bill will prevent the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from creating a state plan to go along with the president’s until the issue is resolved in court.

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