Opposition to Clean Power Plan Plan ‘Ironic’
The New York Times ran a story suggesting that in some states, politicians who oppose the Clean Power Plan may be shooting themselves (or their states) in the foot.
A study conducted by the research groups Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Rhodium Group, (see video) found that the new EPA regulations governing pollution from power plants will increase the demand for natural gas, which could be a boon for the economies of some states such as Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.
“The irony is that some of the states that have been the loudest in opposing EPA climate regulations have the most to gain in terms of actual economic interest,” said Trevor Houser, an analyst at the Rhodium Group and a co-author of the study, who spoke with the New York Times.
Beginning today, the EPA is holding public hearings in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, for the proposed Clean Power Plan. Stakeholders both for and against are hosting events alongside the hearings, indicative of the strong emotions involved in the debate.
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