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President's Climate Action Plan Could Boost NC Business

In the future, North Carolina air may be cleaner and business greener if President Obama's plan to cut carbon pollution in America is put into action.
In the future, North Carolina air may be cleaner and business greener if President Obama's plan to cut carbon pollution in America is put into action.
June 26, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. - In the future, North Carolina air may be cleaner and business greener if President Obama's plan to cut carbon pollution in America is put into action.

Obama on Tuesday announced additional funding and plans for clean-energy technology and regulating carbon pollution.

Eric Henry, president of T-S Designs, said the initiative is welcome and long overdue. His t-shirt printing business has been powered by solar panels for the past 10 years.

"When you look at the direct cost of coal, it is cheaper than renewable," he said, "but when you measure all the costs, we're really cheating not only the system but we're cheating future generations."

North Carolina has been a national leader in clean-energy job creation, second only to California. The clean-energy business has created more than 21,000 jobs and contributed $1.7 billion to the state's economy, according to RTI International.

Luis Martinez, southeast energy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said he hopes Obama's announcement will initiate changes that will affect North Carolina for years to come.

"We really just can't leave this problem for future generations, our children and grandchildren," he said. "We've been waiting for action on climate change for a long time."

Obama said he'll advance his plan through executive order. It entails more funding for clean energy and limiting carbon emissions for new and existing power plants.

North Carolina broke 40 heat records last year, and 24 counties have unhealthy smog levels, according to the National Wildlife Federation.

More information on Obama's plan is online at whitehouse.gov.

Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - NC