EPA Administrator: Climate Change Affects ‘Our Ability to Earn a Decent Living’

Penny Starr | August 13, 2015 | 9:32am EDT
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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke in Washington, D.C., about the toxic spills in rivers in the western U.S. states on Aug. 11, 2015. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said on Tuesday that climate change affects “everything and everyone we love,” including our ability to secure a livelihood.

“Climate change is one of the most important issues tahst we face . It is a global challenge, but in many ways it’s also very personal to all of us, because it affects everything and everyone we love,” McCarthy said. “It affects our kids, our communities, even our ability to earn a decent living.”

McCarthy was speaking at the Resources for the Future think tank in Washington, D.C., where she lauded the Clean Power Plan, the new federal rule to regulate carbon emissions from U.S. power plants.

She did not expand on how climate change affects people’s ability to earn a living, but according to the American Action Forum, the Clean Power Plan will mean thousands of people losing their jobs.

According to research done by the policy institute, the regulation would result in the shuttering of 66 coal plants and the loss of 125,800 jobs.

The research also found that coal generation would be reduced by 48 percent.

According to American Coalition of Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), using data from the federal Energy Information Administration, coal resources in the United States represent one-quarter of the world’s total coal supply. The U.S. has more than 260 billion tons of coal reserves and currently uses about 925 million tons of coal a year.

At this rate, the U.S. coal supply would last for 280 years, according to ACCCE.

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