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Report: 1,300 NH Jobs & Smaller Power Bills

PHOTO: NH residents call for action on climate chance in Concord. Credit: Benton Strong
PHOTO: NH residents call for action on climate chance in Concord. Credit: Benton Strong
August 19, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire is one of the states that should see job growth, according to a recently released (NRDC) report that focuses on the impact of new carbon-pollution rules proposed by the EPA. What's more, advocates say Granite Staters should also see a drop in their monthly power bill. Comments from Dan Lashof, director, Natural Resources Defense Council's Climate and Clean Air Program. Image available: NH citizens call for action on climate change.

It's not often that new federal rules promise an economic punch, but according to a new report, the carbon pollution rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could mean more than a thousa1,000 nd jobs for New Hampshire. It's a positive one-two punch - more jobs and smaller utility bills for the Granite State - according to Dan Lashof, Climate and Clean Air Program director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

"In New Hampshire, we find a net increase of 1,300 jobs in 2020 and bill savings of about $3.60 per month," he said, "so New Hampshire does quite well under the carbon pollution standards."

In addition to the economic benefits, New Hampshire should also see positive health impacts, he said, because the NRDC estimates that power plants account for about 40 percent of the nation's harmful carbon emissions.

Mercury and arsenic are among the power-plant emissions that already are controlled by federal limits, but Lashoff said that is not the case for carbon.

"There are no national limits on how much carbon pollution power plants can dump into our atmosphere for free, and that's just wrong and it needs to stop. The good news is that it will stop under the standards the EPA is working on," he said.

According to the NRDC, power plants are responsible for nearly 2.5 billion tons of carbon emissions each year.

The full report is available at www.nrdc.org.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH