...In the letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Perry said the implementation of the Cross State Air Pollution Rules will have an “immediate and devastating effect on Texas jobs, our economy and our ability to supply the electricity our citizens, schools and employers need.”
Perry released the letter as he tries to shore up support among conservatives in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
The White House said the new standards will save lives.
“We stand behind common sense, vital Clean Air Act protections for public health and clean air,” White House spokesman Clark Stevens said. “This rule will prevent over 34,000 premature deaths each year and ensure that American families aren’t suffering the consequences of harmful air pollution generated far from home.”
Texas utilities will be shutting down about 1/12th of their power generation on January 1st to comply (barring injunctive relief).
And as you already suspected, the claim that the rules will "prevent 34,000 premature deaths" is pure BS. The hint? Define "premature." The EPA will not release its work-papers which (allegedly) confirm their statement--does that raise your eyebrow?
Preventing premature deaths is usually one of your top priorities!
Just remember, Wisconsin is 70% Coal electricity....think Texas is a taste of the coming pie? Damn tootin...
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