Report: EPA Climate Regulations Will Hit Poor Hardest

The Affordable Power Alliance released a report this week that shows EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions will hit minorities, middle-income families and the working poor the hardest.

The report, Potential Impact of the EPA Endangerment Finding on Low Income Groups and Minorities, reveals that proposed EPA greenhouse regulations will increase poverty among African Americans by 20 percent and among Hispanics by 22 percent. In addition, the report shows EPA regulation would reduce African American median family income by $550 annually by 2015 and Hispanic median family income by $630 by 2015.

A total of 4.9 million African American jobs and 6.5 million Hispanic jobs would be lost by 2030, the study shows. By 2030, energy costs would increase for African Americans by 33 percent and 35 percent for Hispanics, according to the study.

According to the report, gasoline and home electricity prices would increase by 50 percent by 2030. Residential gas prices would increase 75 percent and the price of coal used for electricity would increase 600 percent.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Tom Verquer on August 6, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    The EPA regulations on Greenhouse gases are totally and completely out of line. The EPA has not used sound science in coming up with these regulations. Their regulations apply only to the USA, the rest of the world does not really care and will do little or nothing about curbing their pollutants that contribute to the problem that our dear EPA is trying to regulate.


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