"The EPA's Clean Power Plan," Graham Richard writes in an Op-Ed published in The Hill today, "will only improve our electric power system."
Very soon, President Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy are expected to announce final regulations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electric power sector, otherwise known as the Clean Power Plan. The reaction from those opposed to the plan is predictable.
There will be talk of cost, hardship, and threat to reliable electric power service. Legal challenges will be filed. Some states will “just say no,” daring federal authorities to dictate compliance plans for them.
The reality, however, is much less dramatic. Many states are already on track to meet the targets set forth in the EPA proposal. For others, the Clean Power Plan will mostly push them to make their electric power systems better.
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