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Posted by: Annika Darling @ June 18, 2014, 12:39 p.m.
Obama’s New Emission Rules: Will They Survive Challenges?
Currently coal miners aren’t under the purview of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. She’s focused on the new emissions rules which will "reduce pollutants that contribute to the soot and smog that make people sick by over 25 percent." The EPA also projects the reductions will avoid 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children.
However, opponents were equally effusive in their condemnation.
"The administration has set out to kill coal and its 800,000 jobs," Sen. Mike Enzi said in the GOP weekly address Saturday. The Chamber of Commerce estimated the new regulations will cost the economy $50 billion a year.
Besides a statistics debate, many other forms of push back, cries of protest and warnings of economic doom are certain to follow in the next few years. However, a poll of small business owners released Wednesday from the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) found that 87 percent are worried that climate change impacts will harm their businesses, 64 percent support some kind of government regulation on carbon pollution, and 40 percent even say they’d accept a 10 percent increase in energy prices rather than suffer the consequences of climate change.
Posted by: Annika Darling @ June 16, 2014, 1:28 p.m.