Manufacturers to EPA: Regulations Will Hurt Jobs and Competitiveness

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg issued this statement marking the closing of the comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for new power plants:

“American manufacturers create jobs that support our economy and build technologies that make cleaner energy possible, but poorly crafted EPA regulations, such as the NSPS for new power plants, threaten to undermine both. That’s why manufacturers by the tens of thousands submitted comments to the EPA calling for power plant rules that are technologically achievable and do a better job considering the true economic impact. Manufacturing supports more than one in six private-sector jobs in America because we drive innovation and can rely on a diverse ‘all-of-the-above’ energy supply that is affordable and reliable. The EPA’s proposed power plant rules would put us on a path to taking fossil fuels out of that supply mix, subjecting manufacturers to higher electricity costs and even a lack of availability when demand is highest.

Our companies also make the carbon capture technology that supports cleaner energy, but the EPA’s rules would have the practical effect of cutting off further investment in the research and development needed to make these technologies an operational reality. This regulation would eliminate coal as an energy source option and, as a result, eliminate a competitive advantage for manufacturers. It’s not too late for the EPA to take these comments seriously and issue workable rules that take a balanced approach to regulating greenhouse gases, protecting our competitiveness and the jobs we support.”

The NAM serves as the co-chair of the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF), a group that comprises more than 140 organizations representing more than 80 percent of the U.S. economy. PBEF is the leading voice in support of a unified strategy and message in response to the Obama Administration’s greenhouse gas regulatory agenda. To learn more about PBEF, click here.