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Clean Power Plan: A War on the Poor and Working Class?

In a research report from the Capital Research Center (CRC), Doug Domenech, director of the Fueling Freedom project at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) says "Obama's plan for expensive electricity threatens its greatest harm to the most vulnerable. In short, the 8-page paper says:

"In 2010, a Democratic Congress refused to pass President Obama’s “green” agenda to implement a national cap-and-trade system. Now the Administration is trying to use the Environmental Protection Agency to force the states to put his scheme into effect. Often ignored in this debate is the harm the Obama plan will inflict on people who will lose their jobs and on those who can’t effort higher prices."

Here's Domenech's introduction to the paper:

"As a candidate, Barack Obama said that, “under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

"These higher costs would be passed on to consumers. As is clear from his statement, the President has long supported increases in the cost of energy as a way, he has said, to reduce demand and thus reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

"Politicians often represent themselves as fighting for the interests of middle- and low-income people, and other vulnerable groups like senior citizens on fixed incomes. Yet it is precisely those people who bear the brunt of policies that make electricity more expensive.

"Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pushed through a bureaucratic version of cap-and-trade: the misleadingly named Clean Power Plan, which was to be imposed on states through intimidation. If a state government refused to come up with its own plan along the lines of what the EPA demanded, the feds would impose their own restrictions on that state, measures that could do great harm to the state’s economy.

"It is no surprise that 27 states and over 120 other business organizations, electric utilities and coops, and even labor unions sued EPA to stop the rule and appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the rule until they could litigate the rule’s constitutionality. On February 9, the challengers won. The EPA appeared headed for defeat, most likely on the losing end of a 5-to-4 vote in the Supreme Court. Then the tragic death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia threw the matter into chaos—about which, more below."

And here's his conclusion:

“If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them,” the future President said in January 2008. “Under my plan . . . electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” It is often said that a nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members. The so-called Clean Power Plan—which would be better named the Costly Power Plan—represents a case in which the rich, powerful, and well-connected decide the fate of poorer families. The elites don’t really care what happens to people in those poorer families.

"The elite can afford higher energy costs. But people on fixed incomes, and lower- and middle-income families (including many African-Americans and Latinos/ Hispanics), and businesses that provide jobs to working class people—they need energy that’s affordable. For many of them, the choice is between the CPP... and keeping the lights on."

The paper prints out to eight-pages, and is available as a .pdf file, and contains the facts needed to better understand the so-called Clean Power Plan. Give a copy of the paper to a friend.

Domenech served the Commonwealth of Virginia as Secretary of Natural Resources and deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

So, take a few minutes to read the entire report, and then write your member of of Congress to tell them the harm the CPP will do to American's working men and women. Contact information is available at the Library of Congress' Thomas website (use left-hand column). Taxpayers living in Virginia's Arlington County can contact:

  • Senator Mark Warner (D) -  write to him or call (202) 224-2023
  • Senator Tim Kaine (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-4024
  • Representative Don Beyer (D) -- write to him or call (202) 225-4376

Be sure to ask them for a written response. And tell them ACTA sent you!

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