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In its decision, the company specifically cited the plant’s ongoing problems and delays.

If these plants ever enter the commercial market at a national level, the energy they generate will be significantly more expensive than current coal-generated power.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that CCS-equipped coal plants will cost $135 per megawatt-hour by 2018. This total is 35 percent more expensive than conventional coal plants.

This regulation is thus a declaration of war on middle-class wallets. In 2012, coal was the single largest source of electricity generation in the United States, accounting for 37 percent of the country’s electricity output.

Yet every new coal plant will face significantly higher costs once the regulations go into effect. They’ll be left with no choice but to pass their higher costs on to consumers, who already paid for the plants once with their tax dollars.

The EPA’s CCS rules are open for public comment until March 10. Then the EPA will likely finalize the regulations and put them into effect later this year.

Before that happens, legislators, activists and every American should tell the EPA that this “clean” regulation is nothing more than a dirty trick.

Tim Phillips is the president of Americans for Prosperity.