How Much Does the ‘War on Coal’ Really Cost?

Posted March 23, 2014 at 10:55am

“As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares to levy new carbon pollution regulations on power plants, a battle is heating up between Republicans and public interest groups over exactly how much the rules will cost industry,” The Hill reports.  

“Republicans complain that the EPA’s “war on coal” will cost industry billions of dollars and lead to higher electricity prices for everyday Americans. But the Center for American Progress (CAP) and other health and environmental groups say Republicans are exaggerating the costs of these much-needed public protections.”  

“The Center for American Progress released a study that week that shows examples of Republicans and industry groups over the last few decades warning that past rules would raise electricity prices, only to see prices stabilize, or even go down in some cases. They say the latest example is with the EPA’s carbon pollution regulations for new and existing power plants.”