Opposition to Clean Power Plan Plan ‘Ironic’

July 29, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

coal energy manageThe 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.

According to the report, the state most likely to be economically harmed from the Clean Power Plan will be Wyoming – the nation’s largest coal producer.

“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.

Photo: Coal train via Shutter-stock

4 comments on “Opposition to Clean Power Plan Plan ‘Ironic’

  1. Yes, demand for gas from Texas will increase. Great. But prices for gas will go up abnormally due to this non-market force of regulation. People and businesses in all of these states will pay more for power because of these higher prices AND the fact that generation costs will go up due to coal plants being shut down. One positive and two negatives do not make a better economy for even the lucky production states. The people publishing this “study” (Propaganda) should be ashamed.

  2. An additional positive and primary driver would be a reduction in GHG. But I suspect that may not be a factor in your opinion.

  3. People and businesses in all of these states will almost certainly pay LESS for power as more and more renewable sources of power become available – a trend that will only increase in speed and size as any gas price increases may occur. Gas prices may not significantly increase under the EPA plan anyway – the assumption that they will is just that – an assumption only. Don’t forget that even as gas demand may increase, gas supplies are also already increasing dramatically. Supply and demand – remember?
    Furthermore, focusing solely on traditional financial metrics to evaluate this or any other EPA plan; is simply a faulty methodology. The fact is that global climate change is a far more important problem than is the pocketbook impacts being discussed. It doesn’t matter how much money is in your pocket when you’re dead, or even merely when your future quality of life and that of your children is at stake. And make no mistake about it – it is indeed our future that is at stake here.

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