Gov. Cooper targets climate issue, orders NC agencies to reduce carbon emissions

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Gov. Roy Cooper committed North Carolina to reducing energy consumption at government building 40% by 2025 and established a cabinet-wide task force to address climate change in an executive order issued Monday. He also directed the Department of Environmental Quality to develop a North Carolina Clean Energy Plan to encourage the use of clean wind and solar power, energy efficiency and energy storage in the state. “We have got to lead by example,” Cooper said during the signing of the order…