Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is threatening to not implement the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, declaring in a letter to President Barack Obama that he would not abide by the plan "if the final rule has not demonstrably and significantly improved."1 As a congressman in 2009, Pence previously accused prominent climate scientists of falsifying data – a charge investigations found baseless.
Gov. Pence has set Indiana up to fail, and Indiana will be left in the dust as the rest of the world is successfully addressing climate change and growing their economies with clean energy and technology. Sign here to call on Pence and all governors to comply with the Clean Power Plan for the good of our health and the health of the climate.
Pence is just the latest of six Governors who say they will not comply with President Obama's signature climate policy. Each has questioned the existence of human-induced global warming, and instead wants to lead a rebellion against President Obama's Clean Power Plan, an effort to cut global warming pollution and slow climate change.
The Clean Power Plan sets state targets for reducing climate changing emissions from power plants. It is the centerpiece of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, and the cornerstone of his pledge to the United Nations that the United States will lead the world in fighting global warming by cutting our carbon emissions 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.
States, cities and businesses across the country are already taking action to address the risks of climate change, but these six governors are trying to incite a rebellion on behalf of the fossil fuel industry. The Clean Power Plan is the first rule in U.S. history to fight global warming pollution from power plants -- It's not perfect, but it's a good step toward the climate resilient future we need. Additionally, reducing carbon pollution from power plants will have significant benefits to public health. Who wouldn't want to lead the world in climate action, and save the lives and health of their constituents? These six Governors, that's who. And that's why we're calling them the Seditious Six.
In March, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, urged governors to disregard the Obama team's requirement that states draw up and submit their own paths for achieving their emissions targets. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence became the latest to join their ranks in late June. Pence's state of Indiana still gets more than 80% of its electricity from coal.2 "Know this,” Pence said. “Indiana is a pro-coal state, and we must continue to oppose the overreaching schemes of the EPA until we bring this war on coal to an end.”3
Click here to tell Gov. Pence not to put Indiana's future at risk and comply with the Clean Power Plan.
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1. Governor Pence Letter to the President. Governor Pence Rejects Overreaching EPA Regulations. Indiana Government. June 24, 2015
2. Indiana governor draws line in the sand against US EPA's Clean Power Plan. Platts. July 10, 2015
3. Kuhn, Casey. Some Say Pence’s Coal Crusade Doesn’t Address Opportunities. Indiana Public Media. January 14, 2015.