The complex costs and benefits of EPA's power plant regulation ignited verbal fireworks at a September hearing of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, with tempers fraying.
"So you know, people make comments that we're going to have all these jobs because of the new green energy," Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) said. "Yeah, there's going to be new jobs, but there's going to be lost jobs, as well. ... For the people who lose their jobs, they are gone. It has an impact on them and their families. So some may pick up a new job in one part of the country, but these people lose their jobs."
"I'm entirely sensitive to that," replied John Norris, a commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "The impacts on the grid of power plant closing are local, and the remedies will be, too."
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