CLAIM: The EPA’s new Clean Power Plan limiting power plant carbon emissions is unnecessary. It will raise electricity rates and hurt our economy.
The EPA’s Clean Power proposal will create jobs, deliver significant health benefits, and reduce electricity costs.
- 70% of Americans support government regulations on the carbon emissions of existing power plants. (Washington Post, June 2014, http://wapo.st/1DTqBBX)
- By 2030, the EPA’s rules can create over 274,000 jobs and save consumers $37.4 billion on their electricity bills. (The Hill, May 2014, http://bit.ly/1tWr1T2)
- The EPA expects electricity costs to be 8% lower by 2030 because of the Clean Power Plan. (USEPA, June 2014, http://1.usa.gov/1tBo74b)
- Last year, the average price of wholesale wind energy in the Midwestern U.S. was 2.1 cents per kW/h. (Energy & Policy Institute, May 2014, http://bit.ly/TejBNT) For context, the average retail price of electricity in the U.S. was 10.3 cents in March, 2014. (U.S. Energy Information Administration, May 2014, http://1.usa.gov/1gZaJoH)
- Conserving a kW/h of electricity with energy efficiency measures generally costs around 66% less than it does to generate a kW/h of electricity. (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, September 2009, http://bit.ly/1hir2uU)
- Over 50% of all energy produced in the U.S. is wasted due to inefficiency. (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, May 2013, http://1.usa.gov/OWDwz3)
- Coal-fired power plants are the largest source of carbon emissions in the United States; in 2012, coal was responsible for 24.5% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, http://bit.ly/Suzv6d)
- From 2010 to 2012, the cost of complying with the 24 state-level renewable portfolio standards in the U.S. amounted to just 1% of retail electricity rates. (Denver Post, June 2014, http://bit.ly/1rLamEo)
- The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is expected to annually deliver $55 billion to $93 billion worth of health benefits by 2030. (USEPA, June 2014, http://1.usa.gov/1i1rn3t)
- The EPA’s Clean Power Plan will prevent 2,700 to 6,600 deaths and up to 150,000 asthma attacks per year. (CNN, June 2014, http://cnn.it/1opq9CS)