This week, arguments for and against what has been called the “most aggressively litigated environmental regulation in U.S. history” — the Clean Power Plan — were presented to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The rule, issued last year by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sets carbon dioxide emissions limits for fossil-fuel fired power plants, and is so controversial that 10 judges, rather than the usual three, will hear oral arguments.
Is a policy analyst for TCAP, a coalition of cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because high energy costs can impact municipal budgets and the ability to fund essential services, TCAP, as part of its mission, actively promotes affordable energy policies. High energy prices also place a burden on local businesses and home consumers.