The following post is a letter from AFPM President Chet Thompson to Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, in support of the House resolutions disapproving of EPA’s recent regulations on carbon emissions from electrical utilities and calling for them to have no force or effect.
Dear Chairman Whitfield:
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) writes in full support of H.J.Res.71 and H.J.Res.72, resolutions disapproving of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent regulations on carbon emissions from electrical utilities. These rules far exceed EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act, and thus Congress should exercise its authority to disapprove them.
EPA veered from its statutory authority when it finalized these regulations in an attempt to control electricity production, forcing the use of more expensive energy sources in the United States. Allowing them to stand will cause irreparable harm to U.S. manufacturing, and ultimately the public, by way of higher electricity prices and a less reliable electrical grid. Fuel manufacturers require access to affordable and reliable electricity to produce the gasoline and diesel Americans take for granted. In fact, after the cost of crude oil, electricity is the second largest cost for refineries. Any regulation that threatens the cost and reliability of power impacts the refining sector’s ability to meet consumer needs.
The rules will have no appreciable impact on global climate change, and in order to justify them, EPA largely relies on emission reductions of particulate matter, which is a criteria pollutant already regulated under the law. This sleight of hand and double counting of benefits underscores the need for Congress to step in and disapprove these EPA regulations.
AFPM appreciates your continued leadership in reigning regulatory overreach. We urge Congress to support both H.J.Res.71 and H.J.Res.72 and to continue working to prevent regulations that will increase costs, reduce reliability, and take away economic opportunities for the nation.