California Governor Says Mitch McConnell's Pro-Coal Effort 'Borders On The Immoral'

03/22/2015 01:27 pm ET | Updated Mar 22, 2015
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California Gov. Jerry Brown said Sunday that it is a "disgrace" that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to thwart the Obama administration's plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, urged all 50 state governors in a letter Thursday to reject the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to reduce emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030.

The EPA’s plan, according to McConnell, would heavily penalize the coal industry. Its economic impact in his home state would be “devastating,” he said, and thousands of jobs could be on the line.

“To have the leader of the Senate ... putting at risk the health and well-being of America is a disgrace,” Brown, a Democrat, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

California is in the midst of a historic drought. Brown said greenhouse gas emissions will cause future droughts and “much, much worse.”

To fight efforts to curb emissions, Brown said, “borders on the immoral.”

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