Carbon Rules Could Bring Economic and Health Benefits

(Undated) -- The E-P-A is taking public comments on rules to cut carbon pollution from power plants by nearly one-third from 2005 levels. Supporters say the new regs would also save thousands of lives a year – and critics say the carbon pollution limits would have a devastating economic impact. But former E-P-A administrator Carol Browner says a healthy environment actually makes the economy healthier. She cites one study that found clean air rules saved the U-S about one-point-three trillion dollars in 2010. The agency will hold public hearings on the rules in four cities this week – in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington. Comments can also be submitted online via the E-P-A's website.