LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — President Barack Obama’s effort to cut greenhouse gases from U.S. power plants is drawing praise from a leading Nebraska environmental group, but an Omaha-based think tank is urging state officials to fight the plan.
The group Bold Nebraska on Monday hailed the federal Clean Power Plan as a “flexible, common-sense rule” that will reduce carbon pollution. The group says it’s working to mobilize the public for hearings on Nebraska’s state plan to comply with the rule.
The Platte Institute for Economic Research argued in a report Monday that the plan would hurt the state economy without having much direct impact on global climate emissions. The group argues that Nebraska relies heavily on coal, and the state’s electric utilities have a legal mandate to provide low-cost and reliable public power.