22 Jun '11, 6pm

How utilities make money while investing in cleaner generation

How utilities make money while investing in cleaner generation

Cross-posted from Climate Progress . One of the biggest targets for GOP presidential candidates this year is the EPA. Any new regulation of mercury or air toxics from power plants has gotten conservatives up in arms, with leading candidates claiming the EPA "monitors the economy," is "anti-business," and should be renamed "the Job-Killing Organization of America ." That strong rhetoric is largely in reaction to proposed rules that will lower the amount of mercury, arsenic, lead, and air toxics that power producers are allowed to emit. Those rules, which have been in the making for over a decade, have come under fire from congressional Republicans and presidential hopefuls, who say they'll hurt businesses and destroy jobs. The real impact of the last 40 years of EPA regulations? No economic collapse, no mass layoffs, no spikes in electricity prices. According to EPA figures...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/energy-policy/2011-06-22-how-utiliti...

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