Debunking Misleading Studies on the Clean Power Plan

FACT: Reports backed by the fossil fuel and utility industries artificially inflate the costs of the Clean Power Plan while ignoring the benefits

In an effort to block progress on reducing carbon emissions, fossil fuel and utility interests are rolling out disinformation campaigns and misleading studies that exaggerate the costs of the Clean Power Plan.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Report on Clean Power Plan


U.S. Chamber of Commerce study distorts the economic facts 

A widely cited report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce contains no mention of the benefits of reducing carbon emissions and falsely inflates the costs of the proposed standards using what the EPA dubbed “unfounded assumptions.”

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The Beacon Hill Institute excludes the benefits in its “cost-benefit” analysis

A series of so-called “cost-benefit” analyses from the Beacon Hill Institute (BHI) artificially inflates the costs of the Clean Power Plan nationally and in a number of states, while failing to include most of the projected benefits.

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 NERA Economic Consulting ignores the proven ability of energy efficiency to save money

A report by NERA Economic Consulting ignores energy efficiency’s proven ability to save consumers money and artificially inflates the costs of the EPA’s proposal. Several industry trade groups paid for the report, including the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.

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National Black Chamber of Commerce relies on misleading claims recycled from previously debunked reports

 A misleading report by the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) has been frequently cited by opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, including in the Wall Street Journal. Our review of the NBCC report found that it relies on misleading claims cut-and-pasted from several previously debunked reports. 

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Americans for Prosperity ignores the economic facts on renewable energy standards

Americans for Prosperity, a special interest group founded and funded by the fossil fuel billionaire Koch brothers, has been busy engaging in attacks on renewable electricity standards.

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Last revised date: March 12, 2015

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