Some of President Barack Obama’s biggest electoral supporters are turning against him and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over fears that Obama’s plan to cut power plant emissions by 30 percent by 2030 will mean increased economic hardship for the poor.

In an editorial in the Charlotte Observer, Charles Steele, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), wrote that “the affordability of electricity for millions of Americans is at stake” if the EPA proceeds with its plan to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Steele thus joins with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Black Chamber of Commerce who have expressed concerns about the effect of the EPA’s proposals on the poor, the Washington Times reports.

Steele, who previously told the Times he still considers Obama to be an “outstanding individual,” wrote, “I’m particularly concerned by new regulations that the U.S. EPA is proposing. As a step toward addressing climate change, the EPA wants to greatly reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants, and wants governors across the country to close the coal-fired plants in their states.

“Such a move could hit North Carolina hard since coal-fired power plants provide roughly 40 percent of the state’s electricity. Many other states also depend heavily on coal, which means that the affordability of electricity for millions of Americans is at stake.”

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