POLITICS
03/22/2015 01:27 pm ET Updated Mar 22, 2015

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

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 19: California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference to announce emergency drought legislat
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 19: California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference to announce emergency drought legislation on March 19, 2015 in Sacramento, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen to announce emergency legislation that aims to assist local communities that are struggling with devastating drought. The $1 billion package is designed to expedite bond funding to help ensure that all Californians have access to local water supplies. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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.”

HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

PHOTO GALLERY
Say Cheese! Mitch McConnell Smiles
CONVERSATIONS