Clean Air Advocacy
Tell Gov. Cooper to Cut NC Carbon!
We need meaningful climate solutions that cut carbon and put health first! No state can solve the climate crisis by itself. But North Carolina can meet the carbon reductions we need by partnering with other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Join us in urging Governor Cooper to support North Carolina’s entry into RGGI and tap into proven, cost-effective solutions for reducing carbon pollution!
Help Us Tackle the Climate Crisis
It’s not too late to prevent the worst outcomes of the climate crisis. With transformative, immediate climate action we can leave a livable planet to today’s youngest generation.
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Encourage Your Community to Go 100% Renewable
All over North Carolina, city and county governments are adopting 100% Renewable Resolutions, pledging to eliminate carbon emissions and transition to a cleaner future.
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Upcoming Public Hearings
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Past Actions, Updates, & Wins
North Carolina Releases Clean Energy Plan
DEQ has released the Clean Energy Action Plan, a detailed implementation plan for achieving the dramatic greenhouse gas reduction goals from Executive Order 80. The final Plan calls for North Carolina’s energy sector to be 100% carbon neutral by 2050, and strongly rejects wood pellets and biomass from our state’s clean energy future. Read the full Clean Energy Plan >>
Multi-Year Ratemaking Removed from Senate Bill 559
After months of consistent opposition from everyday North Carolinians, the General Assembly ultimately voted to reject Multi-Year Ratemaking. This dangerous handout to utilities would have given Duke Energy a blank check to hike energy rates with almost no accountability or transparency while stripping protections from consumers. Learn more >>
DEQ Sets Science-Based Limits on Methyl Bromide
Methyl bromide is commonly used at log fumigation plants, despite the severe neurological and respiratory problems it causes. CAC has worked with our partners, community groups, and DEQ to set science-based limits on this toxin, with DEQ ultimately passing a rule to regulate its use. This is a huge victory for public health in Columbus and New Hanover Counties, and for everyone who worked with us to keep methyl bromide out of our air and water. Read the press release >>
Enviva to Reduce VOC Emissions from Key Facility by 95%
Clean Air Carolina, along with several partner organizations, won a negotiated settlement with Enviva, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood pellets. Thanks to our legal challenge, Enviva Hamlet must install pollution controls to reduce harmful VOC and hazardous air pollutant emissions by 95%. This is a huge win for public health, and for the families and communities of Richmond County. Learn more >>
Durham City Council Commits to Clean Energy Future
The City Council of Durham made the historic and important decision to pass a resolution that will move the City to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Our supporters sent notes of thanks for their proactive efforts to move away from our reliance on dirty fuels! Learn more >>
Read the resolution >>
NCDOT Commits to Reduce Transportation Pollution
Clean Air Carolina, along with several partners, reached a historic legal settlement with the N.C. Department of Transportation concerning a highway project in the Raleigh area. The policies we’ve negotiated will reduce climate emissions from all future state-funded transportation projects in North Carolina. Learn more >>
Meet the 11-inch long salamander that made this possible >>
Charlotte Bus Fleet to Go 100% Electric
Duke Energy will partner with the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) to help convert Charlotte’s entire fleet of nearly 300 buses from diesel to electric. Clean Air Carolina and our partners have been working with city leaders for over a year to make this transition happen, helping Charlotte to significantly reduce its GHG emissions. Learn more >>
CPI Roxboro Plant Set to Close
For over a decade the CPI Roxboro Power Plant contaminated Person County’s air by burning garbage, including tires and railroad ties, to generate electricity. Thanks to a challenge from CAC and our partners, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) required this highly-polluting plant to comply with Clean Air Act protections before shutting down permanently next March. This will mean cleaner, healthier air for the communities of Person County. Learn more >>