The EPA’s Clean Power Plan Will Hurt the Poor and Middle Class the Most

It is often said that a nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members. The so-called Clean Power Plan—which would be better named the Costly Power Plan—represents a case in which the rich, powerful, and well-connected decide the fate of poorer families. The elites don’t really care what happens to people in those poorer families. The elite can afford higher energy costs. But people on fixed incomes, and lower- and middle-income families (including many African Americans and Latinos/Hispanics), and businesses that provide jobs to working class people—they need energy that’s affordable. For many of them, the choice is between the Clean Power Plan and keeping the lights on.

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