Gov. Tom Corbett says he’s concerned the Obama administration’s plan to limit carbon dioxide pollution will result in the shutdown of hundreds of coal-fired power plants across the country.
Corbett also said Monday that Pennsylvania’s doing its fair share to reduce carbon emissions. Corbett says nearly 63,000 Pennsylvania jobs are supported by the coal industry.
The proposal could bring much cleaner air to Pennsylvania, but coal-fired power plants would be forced to spend far more money on reducing pollution.
Jay Apt, a Carnegie Mellon University technology professor, says coal could still be a significant source of power in Pennsylvania if the industry embraces new technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
Pittsburgh will host one of four public hearings on the plan, scheduled for July 31.