For years, critics of laws that restrict greenhouse gas emissions have complained about their expense. And for years, environmentalists have said otherwise. Now a new law in Maine will ensure that cost-benefit analysis is conducted to get at the truth. Comments Daniel Simmons of the American Legislative Exchange Council: “By 2010, emissions reductions plans for the Northeast will cost the average Maine family about $2,300 per year, as the state shifts from fossil-based energy sources to those such as wind and solar power. Those things aren’t cheap, so it was good idea to have a new law in place to ensure there is a cost-benefit analysis conducted as to whether or not this is a wise policy move.”

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