News Release: Clean Power Plan ‘Cleaning out Consumers’ Wallets’

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2015
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Clean Power Plan ‘Cleaning out Consumers’ Wallets’

Atlanta – Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, had this to say about the final rules of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan:

That the Environmental Protection Agency has delayed implementation of the Clean Power Plan by two years for the states is no help. As we pointed out in testimony before the EPA in July 2014, the agency’s promise of “flexibility” and “state leadership” toward building a cleaner power sector is akin to letting a condemned man choose his method of execution: One way or another, it’s the end.

Despite the high cost, the plan offers few benefits: It does nothing to address climate change, and for President Obama to claim the plan will help relieve asthma goes against the evidence.

What we do know, however, is the Clean Power Plan will succeed in cleaning out consumers’ wallets by increasing rates for utility customers.

These needless, burdensome and costly regulations on America’s energy companies to curb carbon emissions will be passed through by businesses, too, to consumers and hurt those very vulnerable families with lower incomes – the families who struggle with children with asthma – taking away money that can be better used to improve their quality of life.

Read the Foundation’s EPA testimony here.

About the Georgia Public Policy Foundation: Established in 1991, the Foundation is an independent, state-focused think tank that proposes market-oriented approaches to public policy to improve the lives of Georgians. Visit our Web site at