A Common Sense Bipartisan Proposal to Address Greenhouse Gases

By October 28, 2013Economy, Energy

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. 

Greg Bertelsen

Greg Bertelsen

Senior Director of Energy and Resources Policy at National Association of Manufacturers
Greg Bertelsen is the director of energy and resources policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Mr. Bertelsen oversees the NAM’s environmental policy work and has expertise on issues ranging from air quality, climate change, energy efficiency, major EPA regulations and the rulemaking process.Mr. Bertelsen’ s background includes legal, policy and government relations experience on a range of key energy and environmental issues. Mr. Bertelsen received his JD from American University and his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College.
Greg Bertelsen

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