Global CO2 emissions must peak by 2015 — and all coal-fired power plants must be closed by 2030 — to avoid run-away climate change. Global climate change is already killing hundreds of thousands of people every year and causing major economic and environmental damage.
“If global mean temperature increase is to be stabilized between 2.0-2.4°C, then CO2 emissions must peak by 2015.”
- Rajendra Pachauri, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chairman
NC emits more CO2 from burning fossil fuels than 186 nations. Two of the largest US utilities are headquartered here. Change here can cause ripple effects across the nation.
North Carolina’s average annual rate of green house gas (GHG) emissions continues to grow.