Texas seniors could literally be sweating EPA’s new air quality rules.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) warned in a new report that the EPA’s recently finalized Cross State Air Pollution (CSAPR) will reduce peak generating capacity, possibly causing rolling summer power outages.
ERCOT stated in the report,
Even in the best‐case scenario, ERCOT is expected to experience a reduction in available operating capacity of 1,200 – 1,400 MW during the peak season of 2012 due to implementation of the CSAPR. Had this incremental reduction been in place in 2011, ERCOT would have experienced rotating outages during days in August.
As pointed out in the JunkScience.com report “EPA’s Clean Air Act: Pretending air pollution is worse than it is” (March 2011), air quality in eastern states is clean and safe, and the CSAPR (also called the Clean Air Transport Rule) will bring no public health or environmental benefits.
Though U.S. air is safe, seniors won’t be if the EPA rules reduce the availability of air conditioning during heat waves.
As the EPA itself points out in “Planning for Excessive Heat Events: Information for Older Adults and Family Caregivers,
During an average summer, there are more than 1,700 heat- related deaths in the United States. In 1995, a heat wave in Chicago killed more than 700 people. The summer of 2003 in Europe, a record heat wave killed about 35,000 people. In both cases, most of the victims were older adults… People who do not have air conditioning are also likely to experience problems during heat events… Air conditioning is the best defense [against heat-related events].
Ironically, as air pollution in America has become history, the new reality is that the EPA is the real threat to public health.