The head of the Environmental Protection Agency made a stop in Rhode Island on Tuesday to discuss federal initiatives on climate change. The meetings included Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and about 20 business leaders.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy took questions about the agency’s Clean Power Plan, which has an ambitious goal of reducing carbon emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. It’s part of the president’s Climate Action Plan. Business leaders want to know how it will affect their bottom line. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said they’re also asking for technical support.
“And the administrator, she followed up with them afterwards and said she would take that back to her office to see how we can work together to make some progress on it,” said Elorza.
Elorza said the conversation also touched on incentives for companies reduce their carbon emissions.
“But also we talked about the green economy here in Providence and in Rhode Island: how do we position ourselves as a city and as a state to make sure we are creating jobs and building those jobs of the future and bringing them here to the state?” said Elorza.
Elorza said McCarthy offered to connect business leaders with resources to invest in energy efficiency and new energy technologies. He added Providence will work with local businesses to develop plans to become more energy efficient.
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