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Things to know:
- More than 1,400 local and national governments have formally declared climate emergencies, but no U.S. states so far.
- As governor, Cooper has broad authority under the N.C. Emergency Management Act to take proactive measures to help stem the impacts of climate disasters instead of responding to one disaster after another.
- Scientists warn that global climate change is an accelerating emergency and an unparalleled threat to life on Earth.
- North Carolina communities are already being devastated by repeated climate disasters that are expected to grow worse.
- Scientists insist that new “natural” gas projects clash with global agreements to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Although Duke Energy recently cancelled its Atlantic Coast fracked gas Pipeline, it is still planning to build 50 new gas-fired units in the Carolinas, including some that are receiving no oversight from regulators.
- Technology and economics strongly favor the steady replacement of coal- and gas-fired electricity with renewable power + storage.
- States and utilities choosing renewables + storage projects over new gas plants are creating jobs while avoiding the health and explosion risks of natural gas.
- A climate emergency declaration could help prohibit the further construction or expansion of natural gas-fired power generation facilities, pipelines, compressor stations and gas storage projects.