Today, Rep. Whitfield (R-KY) and Sen. Manchin (D-WV) publicly released a discussion draft that would set some logical parameters on what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can require under its greenhouse gas (GHG) rules for power plants. The bipartisan, bicameral discussion draft addresses one of manufacturers’ biggest concerns with the Agency’s current GHG regulatory regime: that the Agency is proposing compliance requirements that cannot be complied with based on existing technologies.
We know that the rule EPA proposed in September will be only the first of several rules addressing GHG emissions for power plants and other stationary sources. As consumers of one-third of the nation’s energy and likely the next-in-line to be regulated, manufacturers need support from policymakers to ensure ill-conceived regulations aren’t driving spikes in energy prices, threatening energy reliability and reducing the competiveness of U.S. manufacturing. With so much at stake, manufacturers are encouraged by this bipartisan, common-sense effort put forth by Rep. Whitfield and Sen. Manchin.
Greg Bertelsen is Director of Energy and Resource Policy at the NAM.
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