How Affordable Clean Energy is playing out

Source: By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico • Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2018

 EPA’s own estimates on its proposed Affordable Clean Energy plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants is turning off voters, a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll found. When asked whether EPA “estimates that the proposal could, in some scenarios, increase annual premature deaths from certain particulate emissions by up to 1,400 by 2030” would make voters more or less likely to support the plan, 30 percent of respondents said it would make them “much more likely to oppose” the plan. Fifteen percent said it would make them “somewhat more likely” to oppose the ACE plan, while 9 percent and 13 percent said it would make them “much more likely to support” or “somewhat more likely to support” the plan, respectively.

Asked a similar question about agency estimates that the proposal could reduce 2030 carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 1.5 percent from projected levels without the existing Clean Power Plan, 15 percent of voters said that knowledge would make them either “somewhat more” or “much more” likely to oppose the plan, while 45 percent said the opposite. The poll was conducted Aug. 28-31, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. It surveyed 1,964 registered voters.