HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Environmental Protection Agency will hold public hearings across the country Tuesday about proposed regulations that would cut back from carbon emissions.
Governor Robert Bentley strongly opposed the regulations on Twitter.
"The new plan will hurt the Alabama economy and force us to comply with mandates that could result in higher electricity bills for Alabama," he said.
The governor sent his senior advisor to the hearings in Atlanta to testify on the negative impact the new regulations could have on Alabamians.
John Christy is an Alabama State Climatologist and called the regulations "all cost and no benefit" to the state as well as the country. According to Christy, the regulations would cut back on carbon emissions by about 27 percent in Alabama. He believes that will have no impact on climate change and that Co2 emissions are not a threat.
"In terms of science, I don't think they (the EPA) have it right," Christy said. "The amount of danger the nation and the world will experience from Co2 emissions is relatively minor and even if you do cut the Co2, it won't have any impact on the climate anyway."
Alabama sells 45 percent of the electricity it produces to other states. If the proposed regulations are passed Alabama could lose that export, see higher electricity prices and be forced to lay of thousands of coal workers.