EPA’s Clean Power Plan Contains Antipoverty Transfer Programs

Measures are set to offset harm the plan does to the poor

Coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania

Coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania / AP


The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon pollution, contains an antipoverty transfer program to help offset the harm it does to the poor, a Wall Street Journal editorial explained.

According to WSJ, the EPA has stated that they are concerned about low-income communities and wants to ensure that they benefit from the implementation of their regulations.

"At the federal level, the EPA is creating a program that gives twice as large a subsidy for renewable and efficiency projects that are built in inner-city neighborhoods and disadvantaged rural areas," states the article. "There will be job retraining for laid-off coal miners."

"The agency also plans to install more solar generation on top of or around public housing," states WSJ. "So while it will raise their utility bills, at least the poor will get a complementary photovoltaic panel."

For those with lower incomes, increasing energy prices can consume a majority of one’s paycheck. Forty-one percent of low-income seniors went without medical or dental care because of high energy bills, one study found.

Another study found that EPA’s Clean Power Plan will increase black and Hispanic poverty.

Ali Meyer

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Ali Meyer is a staff writer with the Washington Free Beacon covering economic issues that expose government waste, fraud, and abuse. Prior to the Free Beacon, she was a multimedia reporter with CNSNews.com where her work appeared on outlets such as Drudge Report and Fox News. She also interned with the Heritage Foundation and Pacific Research Institute. Her Twitter handle is @DJAliMeyer, and her email address is meyer@freebeacon.com.

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