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Economy ‘Can Benefit From’ Carbon Pollution Rules

coal power plantStates are well positioned to implement the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, according to a new report from Analysis Group’s electric industry and economic experts.

The report, EPA’s Clean Power Plan: States’ Tools for Reducing Costs & Increasing Benefits to Consumers, is based on an analysis of states that already have experience regulating carbon pollution. It finds that those states’ economies have seen net increases in economic output and jobs.

“The bottom line: the economy can handle — and actually benefit from — these rules,” said Analysis Group senior advisor Susan Tierney.

The EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan would regulate carbon emissions from existing fossil-fueled power plants using EPA’s existing authority under the Clean Air Act. The draft rules, due to be finalized next year, allow a variety of market-based and other approaches states can choose from to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

So far, net economic effects on states that already regulate carbon pollution have been positive in terms of both economic output and jobs, and the same can be expected if states comply thoughtfully with the Clean Power Plan, the report says. States that work together to form carbon markets or other collaborative initiatives — like RGGI in the Northeast — have the potential to experience greater benefits than they would by trying to meet the new standards by themselves.

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