US climate policy winners and losers: lawyers come out on top

In the wake of the EPAs clean power plan, a host of lawsuits indicate that the costs and benefits of President Obamas climate initiatives will not be shared equally

President Barack Obama often highlights his administrations all-of-the-above energy strategy as a model for sustainable economic growth. But three months after the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its landmark proposal to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions from US power plants for the first time, that all-inclusive catchphrase seems more than ever like hyperbole.

The plan sets a targeted carbon-dioxide emissions rate for each state to hit by 2030. On average, these goals represent a 30% drop from 2005 rates, but as critics have pointed out the benefits and sacrifices of the plan are unlikely to be shared equally.

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