Court Ruling on Greenhouse Gas Regulations Shows Legal Issues Remain Unresolved
Business Coalition Will Continue to Explore All Legal Options to Stop Harmful Regulations
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement on behalf of the industry coalition on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s denial to rehear the coalition’s case against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gases:
“While it is unfortunate that the Court denied our rehearing petition of our challenge to these costly EPA regulations, we welcome the fact that two judges wrote careful and well-reasoned dissenting opinions that supported our arguments. These rare dissents send a clear signal that significant legal issues remain to be addressed.
These costly and burdensome regulations will eventually force new permitting requirements for more than 6 million stationary sources, including 200,000 manufacturing facilities, 37,000 farms and millions of other sources, such as universities, schools, hospitals and even American homes—impacting every aspect of our economy.
We will continue to fight against these regulations and are carefully considering seeking Supreme Court review. The debate over how to address climate change should take place in the halls of Congress and should foster economic growth and job creation, not impose additional costs on businesses.”
The members of the coalition include American Frozen Food Institute; American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers; American Petroleum Institute; Brick Industry Association; Copper & Brass Fabricators Council, Inc.; Corn Refiners Association; Glass Association of North America; Glass Packaging Institute; Independent Petroleum Association of America; Indiana Cast Metals Association; Michigan Manufacturers Association; Mississippi Manufacturers Association; National Association of Home Builders; National Association of Manufacturers; National Oilseed Processors Association; NFIB Small Business Legal Center; North American Die Casting Association; Portland Cement Association; Specialty Steel Industry of North America; Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Western States Petroleum Association; West Virginia Manufacturers Association; and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. The American Chemistry Council joined in the petition for rehearing.