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Energy Related Emissions Fell in 2011

Yesterday the U.S. Energy Information Agency released data showing in 2011 energy-related emissions declined in the U.S. This is the fourth time in the past six years we have seen a drop and this time it happened during a year of economic growth. 

Manufacturers continue to lead the way in developing and implementing new ways to reduce emissions. Today’s report is clear evidence that industry is working hard to reduce emissions own their own without unnecessary and burdensome government involvement.  In 2011, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were 9 percent below 2005 levels; under the failed Waxman-Markey bill, they were only supposed to be 3 percent below 2005 levels in this same time frame.

Both large and small manufacturers continue to be saddled with costly and complex regulations from the EPA which will directly impact how they operate their businesses. Manufacturers expect to make even further advances in the future without regulations from the government which will hurt jobs and drive economic growth to a halt.

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Former Senator on EPA’s New Power Plant Regs

Over the weekend, former Missouri Senator Kit Bond wrote in the Southeast Missourian about the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which requires power plants to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide.  (News coverage of the new rule here and here.)

Senator Bond writes that this new regulation will have a serious impact on coal-fired power plants:

Every time an American family turns on a light switch, heats a home in winter or air conditions that home in the summer, that family will pay higher utility bills. Workers who depend on coal-fired plants for paychecks will face unemployment when plants are closed. Rural communities that depend on tax revenue from utilities to fund schools will struggle to keep doors open for students when coal-fired facilities are shut down due to the cost of complying with EPA’s regulatory onslaught. And farmers and businesses — from the local pharmacy to drugstore — will face higher energy prices, making it more difficult to stay in business — let alone create jobs.

Senator Bond notes that, together with the Utility MACT regulations, this new rule will cost jobs. He writes,

Recent analysis from the National Economic Research Associates shows that by 2020 the cost of just two of the coming onslaught of regulations the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology rules — will be the loss of 1.4 million jobs and an averageutility bill increase, of 11.5 percent — and in some cases, more than 20 percent.

For more about the EPA’s regulatory agenda, be sure the visit the NAM’s No New Regs site.

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Consider What’s Behind the News Release Headlines at EPA

Would it be hyperbole to say that the last two weeks have witnessed the greatest expansion in history of the Environmental Protection Agency’s control over U.S. economic activity and the day-to-day lives of American citizens? If so, we’ll just encourage readers to ponder the substance — and costs — behind the anodyne headlines.

There’s at least a little flexibility on the margins. Thankfully, “Limited Use of Modified Grenade Simulators Approved for Use at Camp Edwards.”

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