Today the man behind President Obama’s newly announced power plant regulations John Podesta said, “Anyone who tries to run as a climate denier in 2016 is going to have a very hard time running on that nationally.”
It’s a theme that Democrats are going to gamble on heading into the November midterm elections. And while Podesta calls Republican opposition to the new EPA rules shortsighted, many Democratic candidates and lawmakers in coal-producing states are joining the GOP in mounting fierce opposition to them.
In Kentucky, Democratic US Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes slammed the newly announced EPA rules calling them a “war on coal.” Grimes has vowed to fight Obama’s new EPA regulations, most likely as an unelected official.
In Indiana, coal miners are outraged over the new EPA regulations. Sunrise Coal, which employs some 375 Indianians, says these new EPA rules will kill jobs and hike up energy prices for everyday necessities.
To support his claims, Podesta points to a recent Washington Post/ABC Poll which says 70% of Americans show support for regulating power plant emissions. But that poll asks people if they will support a “regulatory effort that significantly lowered greenhouse gases even if it raised their own energy expenses by $20 per month.”
The question simply ignores the fact that Obama’s new EPA rules will raise energy cost considerably higher than an average of $20 month. In fact, Obama’s new EPA regulations will reportedly kill an estimated 226,000 American jobs and cost the U.S. economy $51 billion per year and cause electricity rates to skyrocket. The AP has more:
Electricity prices are probably on their way up across much of the U.S. as coal-fired plants, the dominant source of cheap power, shut down in response to environmental regulations and economic forces.
New and tighter pollution rules and tough competition from cleaner sources such as natural gas, wind and solar will lead to the closings of dozens of coal-burning plants across 20 states over the next three years. And many of those that stay open will need expensive retrofits.
What’s more, these charts from the Institute for 21st Century Energy show just how each region of the country will be impacted by these disastrous new regulations. The first shows the deviating loss of jobs and negative gross domestic product.
The second chart shows the meteoric rise in electricity bills Obama’s EPA regulations would force. As you can see, the cost in billions of dollars in extra energy costs would widely exceed a mere $20 per month.
Podesta’s comments were all about the political ramifications of enacting grand and sweeping regulations to deal with carbon emissions. And that’s the problem. The people who will take the brunt of the abuse from Obama’s new EPA rules aren’t millionaires like him, Podesta, and their liberal allies.
The people who will be hurt the most by these rules are your everyday average American.
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