by Catrina Rorke, Sam Batkins
American Action Forum
June 26, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed regulations that would cut greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. However, an examination of each state’s current emissions reveals that many states have already met the goal. The EPA ignores this by setting a faulty emissions calculation baseline, one that excludes the power generated in each state through nuclear and hydropower. If the EPA had accounted for nuclear and hydropower, states would, on average, only have to reduce their emissions by 2 percent to reach the regulatory target – and some would not have to reduce at all. Even a state that ran completely on natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel, would find itself 15% over the regulatory cap, forcing them to use alternative forms of energy – just not hydropower or nuclear power. In effect, the reduction target leaves states with only a few EPA-sanctioned options for generating power, e.g. wind and solar.

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