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EPA’s carbon rules: Progress or problem?

20140818_whatdoyouthink_fbIn June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the “Clean Power Plan” for states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.  Proponents say the plan will cut pollution-related costs and give a big boost to energy efficiency, which will lead to consumer savings. Opponents of the plan say it will lead to job losses at power plants and higher electric bills.

The plan’s nationwide goal is to help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent by 2030. (Illinois’ individual goal is to cut emissions by approximately 33 percent.)

We want to know what you think: Are the carbon emission goals a step forward or a mistake?

You can send your comments directly to the EPA here.  (The deadline for comments is October 16).

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    Robert Flanary says

    When you look at where people spend their money on fuel it is apparent that home heating makes up a large percentage. If prices for natural gas spike homeowners will spend more money on insulation. Which equates to jobs. And we are not talking fast food jobs. We are talking about stimulating small business jobs that tend to pay fairly well. Employment would increase while a lot of the societal problems we have – crime, etc. – would go down. The bottom line is that if we increase the cost of these fuels people would have no choice but to fix up their homes which would lead to jobs and better neighborhoods.

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