Illinois leaders discuss new EPA regulations

By WEEK Producer

June 3, 2014 Updated Jun 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM CDT

CENTRAL Ill. -- The debate over the new regulations is hitting home.

Several central Illinois leaders came together today to show local support for reducing pollution from power plants.

Farmers, teachers and religious leaders shared examples on how climate change impacts central Illinois.

"Everyone who is here today speaking -- be it the farmer, be it the scientist, be it whoever it is -- is here today to say ‘it's time to cut the carbon’," said Rev. Carole Hoke.

On the other hand, State Representative Aaron Shock says these new regulations would hurt U.S. manufacturing worldwide.

“America alone cannot keep the planet healthy and clean. We lead the world in terms of our particulate matter,” said Rep. Aaron Schock. “So, what we have to ask ourselves is, ‘does it make sense for us to render all the coal fire plants in our country useless?’"

The EPA says existing power plants must reduce carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030; the equivalent of taking two-thirds of our cars and trucks off the road.

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