Study Finds New EPA Smog Rules Would Create Jobs

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Smog over downtown Los Angeles.(AP)
Smog over downtown Los Angeles.(AP)

New EPA rules to reduce soot spewing from power plants would force those plants to build new facilities or revamp old ones at a cost of about $200 billion over five years.

Critics such as Fred Upton, the new Republican chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) say they will hurt industry and result in job loss.

But researchers say just the opposite would happen. They say that 1.5 million jobs will be created. We speak with Mindy Lubber, former regional administrator for the EPA, who is now president of Ceres, an investor group that focuses on environmental issues and funded the study.

This segment aired on March 4, 2011.


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