The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) recently called the Supreme Court decision to delay implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Plan to minimize carbon-dioxide emissions by the year 2030 a win.
"The stay underlines the broadly held perception of EPA overreach and confirms that the rule, as written, would cause irreparable harm," ACC Chairman Doug Little said in a statement. "The EPA should not be in the business of setting energy policy using the guise of reducing carbon emissions. Implementation of this rule would have cost Arizonans billions of dollars and would have wreaked havoc on rural communities that rely on clean-coal power generation."
Several state, including Arizona, are concerned about the negative effects the EPA plan could potentially have on their local economies and are fighting implementation of the rule in court.
Jobs within certain industries, such as coal mining, would be obliterated with the new requirements to reduce emission, and, additionally, the prices of energy would increase, perhaps as much as 10 percent. The impact from the implementation of the plan could cost as much as $25 billion each year.