DEQ has concerns with President's carbon pollution reduction plan
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has concerns about President Obama's plan to reduce carbon emissions coming from existing power plants. The U.S. EPA wants Louisiana to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent by the year 2030.
DEQ Press Secretary Greg Langley says the President's Clean Power Plan could hurt Louisiana.
"It will have negative impacts on the national economy, fewer jobs and growth will result," Langley said. "And it will have direct effect with increase electricity costs for businesses and consumers."
Each state has until June 2016 to submit plans on how it intends to reach the new standard for carbon emissions. That could mean tighter controls on power plants. Langley says DEQ is still looking over the proposed regulations, but there is some level of skepticism over whether the new rules will achieve the desired results.
"If your goal is carbon reduction, you need to do something that involves the entire world," Langley said. "Because if we reduce it in this country and not reduced in other places, it might not have significant on the overall level of carbon in the atmosphere."
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the proposal will spur innovation and create jobs, while reducing carbon pollution, a major factor in global warming.