Pence fights new climate change rule

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana is suing the federal government over a new rule to limit carbon emissions at power plants.

It’s all about the Indiana economy and, possibly, the size of your light bill.

It’s also about climate change and the President’s desire to reverse it.

Gov. Mike Pence says the Obama approach is ill-conceived, however, and Attorney General Greg Zoeller was in West Virginia Monday to join in a 15 state effort to stop the rule.

When a light goes on in Indiana, coal is the reason why 85 percent of the time. Indiana has 25 coal mines and as many as 9,000 coal related jobs.

It’s the duty of Bruce Stevens to protect them. The president of the Indiana Coal Council said, “I absolutely believe the President’s misguided. Coal is so much cleaner than what it was even four decades ago.”

Jodi Perras of the Sierra Club is in support of the President.

“Indiana’s power plants emit more carbon pollution,” she said, “than power plants in all but four other states.”

What Barack Obama wants is for power plants to reduce carbon emissions 32 percent by 2030.

“We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change,” he said in a White House ceremony. “We’re the last generation that can do something about it.”

“You know, it’s like, would we hold on to canals or blacksmiths if they were on their way out,” said Perras. “You know, we need to start this transition.”

And the transition is underway. Indianapolis now generates more solar energy than just one other American city and IPL recently announced plans to build a solar energy storage facility.

But Mike Pence still wants to protect coal.

“And I think that the governor is on the mark,” said Stevens, “in not implementing a rule that his Attorney General has said is illegal.”

The Attorney General says the new rule developed by the EPA exceeds that agency’s authority. He makes no mention of climate change.

The lawsuit will ask the EPA to postpone the rule until a federal court can decide the matter. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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