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EPA Clean Power Plan Rule Is The New Jim Crow Law

The green movement’s dirty little secret is the fact that blacks are harmed the most by environmental regulations that boosts energy costs.

The impact of the EPA’s just finalized Clean Power Plan is a case in point.

The increase in electricity bills from EPA’s new power plant rule will harm blacks the most because a larger percentage of their annual budget will be spent on electricity than wealthier households.

For example, a study by The Pacific Research Institute reports households in Ohio will spend $408 more annually on electricity because of EPA’s regulation cutting carbon dioxide from power plants.

Since blacks have a lower average income than other demographic groups, the amount of their income spent on electricity for the average black household will rise from 4.5 percent to 5.8 percent.

In contrast, the economic impact on the average Ohio household is less where they will see electricity spending increase to 3.9 percent from 2.9 percent.

The wealthiest households in Ohio would be largely unaffected by rising electricity prices. For some households in Clermont County, the percentage of their household income would only rise from 0.8 percent to 1.1 percent.

Accordingly, EPA’s power plant regulation preferentially harms blacks by reducing their disposable income more than other demographic groups and in effect it functions as an economic version of Jim Crow laws.

It’s economic segregation – plain and simple.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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