The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) welcomes Sen. Barrasso’s (R-WY) new legislation – the Defending America’s Affordable Energy and Jobs Act – that will prohibit all federal agencies from regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions because of their impact on climate change. Specifically, the bill would halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) current efforts to regulate GHG emissions under the Clean Air Act, and it would also prevent additional regulation under other federal statutes such as the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.
Manufacturers are faced with tremendous uncertainty as the EPA and state permitting authorities begin the implementation process of regulating GHG emissions from stationary sources. Sen. Barrasso’s broad-reaching legislation is needed to stem the tide of the EPA overreach give our nation’s job creators the assurance they need to expand their businesses and put Americans back to work. We look forward to working with Sen. Barrasso and other members of Congress on legislative efforts to stop the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.