Obama's Clean Energy Policy: 'It will Benefit India, Hurt US'

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The clean energy policy unveiled by Obama's administration may give benefits to countries like India and China, top US lawmakers and policy advocates claimed.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced to cut carbon emission from existing power plants by 30 percent by the year 2030, which is the single source of pollution in US. It also announced to cut by 2030 particle pollution, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by more than 25 percent.

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell along with other top Republican Senators Roy Blunt, Saxby Chambliss, John Cornyn and John Thune, said that this will not have much impact in terms of emission.

The United Mine Workers of America international president Cecil E Roberts alleged that the proposed rule issued by the EPA will lead to long term and irreversible job losses for thousands of coal miners, electrical workers, utility workers, boilermakers, railroad workers and others without achieving any significant reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Senator Pat Roberts said that as long as large developing countries like Russia, China, India, and Brazil continue increasing their carbon emission on an annual basis, anything the US does will be inconsequential.

"The rising electricity costs that will necessarily follow EPA's new restrictions will reduce Americans' standard of living and give a competitive economic advantage to foreign nations such as China and India," said James M Taylor, senior fellow for Environmental Policy at the Heartland Institute.

"This rule is expected to have a less than 2 percent impact on carbon emissions reductions because it will not impact the world's largest carbon emitters like China, India and Russia," Senator David Vitter said.

The White House described this as American leadership to the world. "I wouldn't predict what specific actions other countries may take, but it stands to reason that leadership by the United States, a demonstration of a seriousness of purpose here, will have at least potentially positive effects on other nations as collectively we address a global challenge," the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, said.

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