The EPA fully recognizes that its proposal to cut CO2 emissions 30% will increase the cost of electricity to consumers and industry.
There are several places within the EPA regulations that recognize that costs will increase (1).
There can be no question that the EPA regulations will increase the cost of electricity for consumers and industry.
Several places in the proposed regulations, the EPA says: “We view these estimated costs as reasonable.” In fact, the EPA proposal includes the word “reasonable” over 90 times.
These “reasonable cost increases” are a hidden tax.
The EPA claims that electricity costs will decline and save consumers and industry money, because energy savings will lower electricity usage. What the EPA didn’t say was that many of the methods for reducing the use of electricity require a large upfront investment.
For example, replacing all the windows in a moderately sized home will cost around $25,000 and only save small amounts of electricity annually.
Here’s what DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) says about triple pane windows it has used in its studies.
“It would take 23 to 55 years to save enough on a utility bill to cover the higher cost of the windows, based on national electricity costs.”
Adding insulation may or may not be economically worthwhile. Forcing people to adjust their thermostats may save electricity, but at the detriment to comfort and enjoyable living … and possibly the health of the elderly and sick.
These are a few of the possible effects of demand reductions
The EPA overlooks the investment and cost to living standards when it claims that consumers and industry will save money because of these proposed new regulations.
The EPA and this administration try to overlook the negative aspects of these regulations because they are intent on cutting CO2 emissions. But as shown in other articles, these regulations won’t cut CO2 emissions worldwide, and will therefore, have no effect on global warming. See The Camels Nose.
This raises the question, why should the United States suffer the consequences of trying to cut CO2 emissions when it will cost Americans money to do so? … While achieving nothing.
The EPA, in its proposal, says, that electricity costs, on average, will only increase by 6% … and that the costs are reasonable.
But why should the government impose this hidden tax on Americans? Why is any increase in costs reasonable?
Any tax is bound to hurt the economy, and cost jobs, while hurting American’s standard of living.
The EPA quotes the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in its proposed regulations, to justify its demand side and energy efficiency proposals.
But the ACEEE has extreme views on this subject.
For example, an ACEEE report determined the United States lagged behind China for energy efficiencies in buildings.
In its report, the residential sector of the United States scored a 1 (nearly the worst possible rating), while China scored a 5 (best possible rating). See Energy Efficiency Common Sense for more information about the ACEEE.
How can any legitimate organization declare that the residential sector in China is more energy efficient than in the United States?
It’s ludicrous, yet the EPA uses the ACEEE as an example when it talks about demand side savings and energy efficiency.
The EPA’s proposed regulations are all pain and no gain … and harms Americans.
- The EPA’s proposed regulations for cutting CO2 emissions 30% by 2030 can be seen at http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-05/documents/20140602proposal-cleanpowerplan.pdf
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