Statement on Gov. Cooper’s Climate Change Executive Order
from Dan Crawford, Director of Governmental Relations
With his commitment to a 40% reduction of North Carolina’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next seven years, Gov. Roy Cooper continues to prove why he earned an ‘A’ in our latest scorecard for his environmental leadership over the last two years. Gov. Cooper has used his authority to strengthen public health protections and our vibrant clean energy economy which benefit all North Carolinians.
The catastrophic flooding from the recent hurricanes has only heightened the urgency of preparing for climate change’s human impacts and halting its human causes. It requires transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. NCLCV will continue to push for Clean Energy for All, our campaign to move North Carolina to 100% renewables by 2050. Wake, Orange, and Buncombe Counties have already committed to doing their part at the county level.
We will also continue our work to hold our elected officials accountable and to elect environmental champions to the General Assembly who will back Gov. Cooper’s leadership. On November 7th, we will begin the process of forming a Green Caucus which will fight to restore common-sense pollution protections and clean energy initiatives which have been rolled back by the disastrous legislative leadership over the last eight years.