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U.S. Chamber Comments on EPA Proposed Regulation for New Power Plants

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 8:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten today released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule on regulating greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants:

“It is clear that the EPA is continuing to move forward with a strategy that will write off our huge, secure, affordable coal resources by essentially outlawing the construction of new coal plants.

“The EPA had the chance to craft a regulation that recognized the value of the ‘all of the above’ energy strategy endorsed by President Obama, and ensured that standards were achievable and based upon commercially and economically viable technology. Instead, they have released yet another major regulation that will hamper economic growth and job creation, and could lead to higher energy costs for American families and businesses.  Furthermore, we continue to believe that the Clean Air Act is not the appropriate vehicle to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

“We are still reviewing the proposed regulation and intend to analyze it carefully to understand fully its impact on the nation’s supply of reliable energy. It is imperative that any EPA regulations on new power plants sufficiently balance the administration’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with the economic impact of yet another costly energy-related regulation. This is another example of the administration’s desire to impose a stifling new layer of regulations on our economy that stretches the Clean Air Act beyond its limits.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.