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‘At war with itself’: Obama Dept of Energy says Obama EPA climate rule to cost 400,000 jobs

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Testifying before Congress, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says that the Obama Department of Energy is wrong with its analysis that the Agency’s Clean Power Plan will “reduce economic growth, increase electricity costs, and result in almost 400,000 jobs lost over the next 15 years”. McCarthy: “That is exactly opposite of what we believe will happen based on our independent analysis.”

CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH: “The non-partisan Energy Information Administration at the Department of Energy has found that the Clean Power Plan will reduce economic growth, increase electricity costs, and result in almost 400,000 jobs lost over the next 15 years; and all this is with very little impact on climate change itself. So why has the Obama Administration imposed this regulation on the American people?”

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CONGRESSMAN SMITH: “Have you read their report on the Clean Power Plan?”

ADMINISTRATOR GINA MCCARTHY: “In the past.”

CONGRESSMAN SMITH: “And, you disagree with that?”

ADMINISTRATOR MCCARTHY: “I don’t know what just you read, sir. I don’t know which one it is. So, I’m happy to take a look.”

CONGRESSMAN SMITH: “Well, again, reduce economic growth, increase electricity cost and cost 400,000 jobs over the next 15 years.”

ADMINISTRATOR GINA MCCARTHY: “That is exactly opposite of what we believe will happen based on our independent analysis.”

CONGRESSMAN SMITH: “It’s nice to have the Administration at war with itself.”

Hearing: Ensuring Sound Science at EPA
House Science Committee
June 22, 2016

9 COMMENTS

  1. The EPA’s independent study probably came from the EPA’s anthropology department.

    Gina McCarthy graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology in 1976. In 1981 she received a joint Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering and Planning and Policy

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