Is EPA toying with Electricity Reliability?

Is the EPA about to leave Americans in the dark?

That’s the charge from the agency’s critics, who claim a soon-to-be-issued mercury rule for utilities will shut down enough power plants to make reliable electric service a thing of the past. EPA supporters, meanwhile, call the argument a scare tactic from those trying to protect outdated coal-fired power plants.

But nobody has produced a universally accepted estimate of how the mercury rule would affect power generation, leaving the current debate long on accusations and short on information.

Erica Martinson and Darius Dixon go past the talking points — and get back to the facts — for Pros: