Earlier today Governor Mike Pence announced that Indiana would refuse to comply with the EPA’s proposed clean power plan. The Clean Power Plan calls for a 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide levels across the country by 2030. Pence says that would mean the premature closure of coal-fired power plants in Indiana. Eighty percent of Indiana’s energy comes from coal, which is above the national average. 26,000 hoosiers work in the coal industry. Pence says Indiana reserves the right to use any legal means available to block the new rule from being implemented.
U.S. Senator Dan Coats, of Indiana, agrees with Pence. Coats claims the new proposal would drastically increase Hoosiers electricity rates and that the reduction in pollution is potentially negligible. The other U.S. senator from Indiana, Joe Donnelly, did not immediately issue a statement on the issue. Groups such as the Hoosier Environmental Council have advocated for the Clean Power Plan, saying Indiana is already experiencing some effects of climate change. The Council specifically mentions extended droughts, torrential rains, and extreme heat waves. The Council says that Indiana could be poised to be a major market for innovation in low-carbon technologies.