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This week, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) ran television ads in Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Denver and Atlanta attacking the U.S. Chamber over our opposition to EPA power plant rules.
The Chamber and our Energy Institute make no apologies for standing up for American consumers, families and businesses. EPA’s rules on power plants are some of the most complicated and expensive in American history, and even EPA admits they’ll raise electricity costs and cost billions to comply with.
LCV’s attack ad accuses the Chamber of being misleading because our economic analysis of potential EPA regulations—done before EPA released its rule—didn’t perfectly predict what EPA actually released. In fact, we based our modeling on President Obama’s stated climate goals and on the Natural Resource Defense Council’s model. Our analysis, done with the respected global consulting firm IHS, took many months. We knew that there would not be time for such a detailed modeling during EPA’s limited public comment period, which is why it had to be conducted in advance of the rule.
Despite some differences with what EPA released, we believe that much of our analysis is still valid, because many states have compliance targets that exceed the “national” target that EPA has set. In addition, there has been no disputing the fact that EPA’s rules will only reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 1.3% by 2030—making them expensive and ineffective.
We pride ourselves in having a factual, open debate. It is therefore disconcerting when another group seeks to undermine our credibility with a false attack ad. But don’t take our word for it.
CBS 4 in Denver—one of the markets where the ad ran-- has subjected the LCV Attack on the Chamber to a “Realty Check.” The conclusion: “…there is no evidence the trade group itself has engaged in underhanded tactics, as this ad claims.”
We’re glad that viewers in Denver got the truth. We understand that supporters of the rule will pull out all the stops to change the subject away from the rule’s cost and effectiveness—but this “Realty Check” should warn them that they aren’t going to get away with false attacks on the Chamber.