Climate Action Plan for Indiana

Thirty-four states have adopted Climate Action Plans to measure their state's greenhouse gases and take actions to reduce them.

Indiana doesn't have one yet.

Youth Power Indiana, an environmental youth program of Earth Charter Indiana, is collecting signatures on a petition for a Climate Action Plan for Indiana. Adults and youth are encouraged to sign the petition.  Please share this with your friends, family and young people.

Carmel Green Initiative applauds these young people and their effort to address climate change, and has adopted a resolution in support of a Climate Action Plan for Indiana.

On June 11, 2014, Youth Power Indiana submitted the petition to the Environmental Rules Board (ERB) requesting that the ERB adopt a rule to establish the process for the development of a comprehensive, state-wide climate action plan.

The petition meets the statutory criteria per Indiana Code §13-14-8-5:

1) It has well over 200 signatures, nearly 1000;
2) It includes a Statement of Reasons to support adoption of the rule and a legal analysis of the ERB's authority to adopt such a rule;

3) This issue has not been addressed by the ERB within the past 6 months; and

4) The petition is "NOT plainly devoid of merit" as 34 states have already adopted a climate action plan.

Having met the criteria, the law requres that the ERB hold a public hearing.

However, the ERB did not make plans for a hearing at its September 10th meeting.  At its November 12th meeting, ERB member Tom Anderson made a motion to have a hearing, but there was no second.

 

CAll To Action:

1. Call, e-mail or meet with ERB members to urge them to grant a hearing on ECI/YPI’s rulemaking petition, and

2. Attend the next ERB meeting to show support and to demand a Climate Action
Plan NOW.


 

ENVIRONMENTAL RULES BOARD

Beverly Gard, Chair

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Bill Etzler, Vice Chair

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Ken Rulon

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Gail Boydston

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Tom R. Anderson

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Chris Horn

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Gary Powdrill

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Ted Niemiec

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Kelly Carmichael

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Joanne Alexandrovich

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Cal Davidson

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David Bausman

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Mike Mettler

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Cameron Clark

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Pam Fisher

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Thomas Easterly, IDEM

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