North Carolinians Call for Action on Global Warming on the one-year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy
Durham– On the one-year of anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, environmental advocates, local residents, small business owners and members of the clergy joined together to pledge their support for action against global warming. The event highlighted the large amount of public support for the EPA’s new carbon pollution standards for future power plants, included in the president’s national climate action plan.
“From rising sea levels to increased flooding, North Carolina has a lot at stake when it comes to global warming,” said Graham Givens, clean energy associate at Environment North Carolina. “Power plants are the nation’s largest single source of carbon pollution and here in North Carolina, power plants account for more than half of our total global warming pollution. If we want a cleaner, safer future for our kids, we can’t afford to ignore power plants’ significant contribution to global warming”
Today’s event builds on the momentum from President Obama’s address on June 25, which included the announcement of several initiatives that promise historic action on global warming-including the nation’s first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, new investments in clean energy and energy efficiency and measures to strengthen our nation’s ability to prepare for and recover from the worst affects of global warming.
“The need to reduce global warming pollution is becoming clearer and clearer,” said Doug Granger, solar energy integrator at DG Solar, Inc. “Utilizing the potential of solar energy is clearly part of the solution to this challenge. We can power our homes, businesses and schools with pollution-free energy that never runs out, only gets cheaper over time and creates jobs here in North Carolina.”
Remembering those who have already been affected by global warming thus far, citizens highlighted the need for local and federal action to address global warming. Nearly two-thirds of voters, or 65 percent, support the president taking significant steps to address climate change now, according to a February 2013 League of Conservation Voters poll.
“Through a lens of faith, I fully support taking bold action that will set limits on the carbon pollution coming from new power plants,” said Marie Vetter, chair of the business and finance committee for the North Carolina Council of Churches. “These standards will help to protect our planet—and will help make a better, cleaner North Carolina for future generations.”
“The regulations proposed by the EPA for new and existing coal plants will help to protect every locality from the development of more extreme climate change and its insidious effects on health, the environment, and the economy,” said Stephen Mann with Transition Durham, “We need to support these regulations, not only for our own benefit, but for future generations that have no say in the matter but will be most adversely affected if we do not act.”
The event was organized by Environment North Carolina, Transition Durham, North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light, Organizing for Action, North Carolina League of Conservation Voters and North Carolina Conservation Network.