Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

EPA Rules Bad for Hoosier Families, Jobs ; COMMENTARY

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

EPA Rules Bad for Hoosier Families, Jobs ; COMMENTARY

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President Obama promised in 2008 that his environmental policies would make electricity prices "necessarily skyrocket," and earlier this month he unveiled his plan to deliver on his word. Starting next year, the Environmental Protection Agency will force Indiana's power plants to cut their carbon emissions by 20 percent. The administration claims that this will save the planet and even create jobs.

This is merely a slick sales pitch with no connection to reality. The regulation's real effects will be job losses, higher prices for electricity and everyday goods, and less economic growth.

Meanwhile, the EPA itself admits that your economic pain will do almost nothing for the climate.

The misinformation begins with the President's promise that this mandate will "leave our children a safer and more stable world."

This is nothing but a poll-tested marketing ploy. The EPA's own climate model shows that this new regulation would reduce global temperatures by a meager 0.02 degrees Celsius by 2100 - a statistically meaningless amount.

The environment won't be better off, but the economy will be ravaged. In May, the Chamber of Commerce released a study demonstrating the effects of a slightly more aggressive plan.

It assumes a 42 percent emissions reduction, compared to the EPA's 30 percent rate, but the EPA's estimate is deceptively low. The EPA rules don't mandate cuts from actual carbon dioxide emission levels from 2005. Instead, they're based on hypothesized numbers that might have occurred if Indiana had agreed to the EPA's every demand. The Chamber study is thus the best guide to these regulations' real-life effects.

Indiana - which generates 84 percent of its electricity from coal - will be hard hit. The EPA rules mandate that it reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent (every state's number is different).

In order to meet this goal, the state will have to close down low-cost existing power plants and force utilities to purchase electricity from new sources, which are almost always more expensive. …

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