President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency have finally weighed in to the climate change debate with a massive tome – The Clean Power Plan.
If you have the time and determination to read through this document yourself, you can get an on-line version in PDF format.
I decided to give it a try, but admit to reaching only Page 65 before putting it to one side, with a mental note – later (if I must)!
Apart from its weight, this document is highly significant, in that it heralds a commitment by the American people to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by the year 2030. Some may say that this measure is way too late, but my view is “Better late than never” – don’t knock it!
Unfortunately, not all of the American people see eye to eye on the need for carbon dioxide reduction yet. To those ‘Doubting Thomas’s’ there is a simple answer – you will only find out if you are still alive, and cutting emissions now gives us the best chance of survival.
There are also those that bemoan the cost of these new measures – see US unveils sharp curbs on coal power plants
There is talk of “a dagger in the heart of the American middle class”, and “there’s no question that electricity prices will skyrocket”, but EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has a different opinion.
“They’re wrong,” Ms McCarthy said. “We have never, nor will we ever, have to choose between a healthy economy and a healthy environment.”
“The EPA estimates the new rules will shrink electricity bills by 8% by increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand on the electricity system.”
And don’t forget, the costs of “Exceptional Climate Events” have so far been staggering, both in terms of loss of life, and economic effect. This new rule will at least mitigate future costs from this source.