Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D., Nicolas Loris and David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D., “The Obama Administration’s Climate Agenda Will Hit Manufacturing Hard: A State-by-State Analysis,” Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 2990, February 17, 2015, http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2015/02/the-obama-administrations-climate-agenda-will-hit-manufacturing-hard-a-state-by-state-analysis
Building on an earlier study of the economic impact of Obama Administration climate policies, this study breaks down the employment impacts of new regulations by state and congressional district. The climate regulations disproportionately and negatively impact states and districts with higher-than-average employment in manufacturing or mining.
In an earlier study, we examined the economic impact of climate change–related regulations at the national level and found devastating job losses over the course of the next two decades. In this study, we quantify this impact by state and congressional district. Not surprisingly, we find that all states would suffer from this policy. Given these results and the regulations’ negligible positive impact on the climate and the environment, policymakers should avoid instituting these potentially burdensome regulations.