Debating the Clean Power Plan

Oct 18, 2016

Has the Environmental Protection Agency fairly and appropriately considered the costs and benefits of its regulatory mandates? Is the Clean Power Plan a bold initiative to reduce carbon pollution at power plants, or an unconstitutional usurpation of power?

Reducing carbon emissions is clearly good for the environment, but often imposes substantial costs. Coal companies go bankrupt, and that can lead to higher energy costs and reduced employment.

On this week's Sunday Special, hear an Intelligence Squared Debate: Has the EPA gone too far?

According to its website, Intelligence Squared U.S., known as IQ2US, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that was founded to “restore civility, reasoned analysis, and constructive public discourse to today's often biased media landscape.”

Arguing for the motion is Charles McConnell Executive Director, Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative; and Michael Nasi Environmental and Energy Lawyer & Partner, Jackson Walker LLP.
 

Against the motion are Carl Pope Former Executive Director, Sierra Club & Strategic Advisor to Michael Bloomberg; and Jody Freeman Founding Director, Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Program.