5 Reasons the EPA Emissions Rules Will Hurt Nebraskans
The EPA is at it again.
In early June, the Obama administration announced the latest in its ideology-driven attack on traditional energy production — a new EPA rule to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from coal- and gas-fired power plants across the United States.
This proposed rule would cut as much as 30 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s power plants by 2030, based on 2005 emissions levels.
Nebraska has been directed to cut emissions by 26% in this time frame. That is a tall order, considering our public power districts are required to have low prices. To have low energy costs, a public power district must have a energy portfolio of cheap fuel sources. Nebraskans have reasonable energy costs because a majority of our electricity comes from coal – nearly two-thirds (Nebraska Watchdog, 6/3/2014). Deena Winters of Nebraska Watchdog lays out our state’s use of this cheap energy source here.
No matter your opinion on global warming, climate change, etc. these new rules by the Obama Executive Branch will have negative impacts on Nebraskans. We are going to lay out five reasons over the next five days.
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