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Blunt’s pollution figures don’t add up

There’s been some Internet chortling Monday and Tuesday about a press release from Sen. Roy Blunt opposing the White House’s new pollution reduction proposal.

In a release Monday, for example, the Blunt press office said this: “Missouri consumers would pay on average $65.4 billion more between 2014-2030, on average $11 billion more per year,” if the regulations aren’t stopped.

But even assuming the calculation begins in 2015, $65.4 billion divided by 16 years yields an average annual cost of $4 billion+, not $11 billion.

Other numbers in the news release — and the original study — are being questioned.

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