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As EPA Opens the Official Comment Period, BPC Releases Dynamic, Interactive Map Including State Comments

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SOURCE Bipartisan Policy Center

BPC's Energy Project Compiles Written Comments Submitted To The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) From State And Federal Officials On The Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Energy Project is pleased to announce an interactive map that tracks comments submitted on the EPA's Clean Power Plan and provides key facts on each state's political and electricity sector makeup.

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The map includes information on each state's energy policies, carbon emissions, electric capacity mix, and political affiliations, in addition to links of submitted comments from state officials. The map will be dynamic with frequent updates to include new submissions during the public comment period. BPC's efforts are designed to aggregate the substantive issues in this debate.

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"EPA's proposal to develop fifty-state reduction targets caught just about everyone by surprise. Whether you think the approach is wonderfully innovative or unduly complex, in the end it is all about the details. By organizing the key policy and political input into a state-based tool, we hope to call attention to state-specific issues and regional trends in the ongoing regulatory debate," said BPC President Jason Grumet.

"Accessing factual information quickly and visually is essential to keeping up in this fast-tracked regulatory process. BPC's map is an objective clearinghouse of these relevant policy issues – on both a macro level and on a 'details' level – without the spin," said Margot Anderson, executive director of BPC's Energy Project.

BPC's Energy Project has held three workshops in the past year, intending to shape the Clean Power Plan proposal as well as a post-proposal discussion. The project will continue to explore the issues presented by the proposed rule and will publish new economic modeling later this year.

For more information on this project, please visit http://bipartisanpolicy.org/projects/energy/ghg-regulation.

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