EPA Hits Manufacturers with a Double Whammy on GHG Regs

Rule on New Power Plants Will Hurt Competitiveness and Job Creation, Raise Energy Costs

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for new power plants:

"If energy has been the one bright spot in the U.S. economy, then the regulations unveiled by the EPA today aim to dim it and jeopardize our gains. In this latest overreach, the EPA is regulating greenhouse gases under a statute never designed for this purpose. Maybe that’s the mandate from above. The President made clear in his Climate Action Plan that he does not believe in an "all-of-the-above" energy policy. He believes the only way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to eliminate fossil fuels from our economy, and the regulations proposed by EPA today further this misguided vision.

Manufacturers ultimately will be hit twice by EPA's greenhouse gas regulations, both as users of the energy being regulated and as industries considered "next in line" to receive similar regulations from EPA for their own plants. The decisions the EPA makes in these regulations—such as mandating technologies that are not yet commercially feasible—will have far-reaching consequences not only on our energy supply but also on the operations of all manufacturers. Manufacturers call on Congress to set firm limitations on how the agency uses the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases."