(CNSNews.com) - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been promoting the job creation and health aspects of its impending regulations on the electric industry, but in congressional testimony an agency official admitted the impending regulations would cost business $10.9 billion and create only 9,000 full time jobs.
On July 26th House Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs listened to testimony on the issue. Lawmakers questioned energy and EPA officials on the Cross- State Air Pollution Control (CSAPR) for coal energy plants and other regulations coming from the EPA.
“So,what is your estimate that the cost is per job?”, asked Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.).
EPA Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe responded, “The annual cost of the rule is $10.9 billion with ultimately around 9,000 permanent jobs.”
Buerkle continued, “And so, what is that cost per job.”
After a long pause, Perciasepe replied “Well, it - the purpose of the rule is to achieve 17,000 – avoid premature deaths for 17,000 adults, 11,000 non-fatal heart attacks, 5,300 hospital admissions, 6,900 emergency room visits, 4,500 cases of chronic bronchitis, 11,000 cases of acute bronchitis those are the things we add up as the benefit side.”
Buerkle pressed, “I understand all that, but your using this as a justification because this creates jobs ,we have to look at the cost per job and say ‘does that even make sense?’”
It’s wasn’t the only unusual mathematical equation that came up during the subcommittee’s questioning of Perciasepe.
At one point while being questioned by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) , asked about increased energy costs.
Perciasepe said small businesses could be marginally impacted.
“This is such a small increase that it could be well within their ability to make energy efficiency controls,” Perciaepe said.
“Again, it’s always easy for government to say that it’s much tougher for the individual or the family or the business owner to actually have to implement it,” Jordan said.
Perciasepe responded, “They would actually save money and be able to invest it in their business.”
Jordan sounded puzzled. “So wait a minute now you’re saying increased energy costs are actually going to be a savings? How does that work?”
Perciasepe said, “Well if they implement certain, very simple energy efficiency measures in their own business, that most businesspeople are looking at.”
Jordan said, “Well, I’m sure they’re doing that if makes sense they’re doing that on their own. They don’t need the government to tell them to do that.”
The CSAPR regulation is set to take effect in January of 2012.