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As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares to levy new carbon pollution regulations on power plants, a battle is heating up between Republicans and public interest groups over exactly how much the rules will cost industry.

Republicans complain that the EPA’s “war on coal” will cost industry billions of dollars and lead to higher electricity prices for everyday Americans. But the Center for American Progress (CAP) and other health and environmental groups say Republicans are exaggerating the costs of these much-needed public protections.

“Officials should ignore industry’s phony forecasts, and instead focus on the huge costs of climate inaction,” said Daniel Weiss, a senior fellow at CAP. “More smog, more asthma attacks, more ferocious storms, more droughts, and more wildfires.”