Give Now

Gov. Pence Says EPA Proposal Will Hurt Indiana’s Economy

Gov. Mike Pence says the EPA's plan to reduce CO2 emissions 30 percent by 2030 could cost Indiana thousands of jobs.

Harding St. Power plant

Photo: Alan Berning (Flickr)

The Harding Street power plant is one of about 30 power plants in Indiana.

Governor Mike Pence says he will use everything at his disposal to oppose new proposed federal regulations seeking to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

President Obama announced Monday the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations seeks to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by the year 2030.

About 80 percent of Indiana’s energy comes from coal power plants and Governor Pence says for a state so reliant on that source, the EPA’s proposal would be devastating for the Hoosier economy.

He says the regulations will dramatically increase electricity rates and cost thousands of jobs.

“We’ll be opposing that even while we look for ways that we can encourage our utilities to embrace the kind of common sense reforms and implementations that will lead to a cleaner environment,” Pence says.

Bruce Nilles is the director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. He says transitioning to clean energy will create enormous job opportunities.  And Nilles notes that the proposed regulations are building on the progress already happening in states such as Indiana.

“The existing coal plants – many of them are over 30 and some are even over 40 years old. So the question is, what are we going to replace them with? This announcement really helps lay the groundwork for replacing those aging, increasingly dirty coal plants with large amounts of clean energy that creates enormous economic opportunity, as we’re already seeing here in Indiana with investments in wind and solar,” Nilles says.

Pence will unveil a new state energy plan this summer that he says will utilize an “all of the above” strategy to boost efficiency, reduce utility costs and create cleaner energy.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

View all posts by this author »

  • Pingback: USA finally takes some action on Climate Change | ValleyWatch

  • HoosierMommy

    Maybe if we started developing alternative sources of energy, public transportation, etc., we could increase jobs in those sectors to offset any losses elsewhere. Think of the jobs that could be created if we decided to help every household in Indiana retrofit their houses with solar panels, or if we built high-speed trains between Indy and Chicago and/or Louisville, or improved urban bus services.

  • anymajordude

    That’s way too practical, HoosierMommy. You know these guys are only thinking about today’s bottom line — I for one have been amazed (though I shouldn’t be) at the short-sightedness of the Republican response to yesterday’s announcement.

  • buffsrtoo

    And your sources for the loss of jobs? ………….thought so.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Politics Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook