Bill Clinton urges measures to lessen EPA rule’s harm on jobs


Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWhether a rule is cruel or kind, regulatory analysis shines a light Moderate or left of center — which is better for Democrats in 2020? Judiciary members battle over whether GOP treated fairly in impeachment hearings MORE wants coal-heavy states to make sure that they work to reduce the harm on workers when they implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) power plant rules.

In a blog post on the Clinton Foundation’s website, Clinton expressed general support for the proposal EPA announced Monday, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.


“It is imperative that the states most reliant on coal to generate electricity and those with people who work in the coal industry be given ample resources to deal with any dislocation that occurs — not just for retraining, but for employment in the new businesses and jobs this rule will generate,” Clinton wrote.

Clinton said he and other presidents have made great strides in reducing harmful emissions, and faced opposition each time from people who said the economic costs weren’t worth the benefits. Each time, those opponents were wrong, and the rules have created new jobs, he said.

“The proposed rule presents both challenges and opportunities,” Clinton said, pointing to the flexibility it gives states in implanting their goals. “States will need to involve all their stakeholders … to fashion solutions to fit their particular challenges and opportunities.”