This fall, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a
greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation for new power plants that would
substantially limit the sources of energy available to power U.S.
manufacturing. The first in a suite of impending GHG regulations, this
rule would effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power
plants in the United States by requiring them to be equipped with carbon
capture and sequestration (CCS) systems. While CCS is a very promising
technology, it is prohibitively expensive and is not in use at a single
commercial-scale power plant in the country. To remain competitive in a
global economy, manufacturers need an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy
to ensure they have access to affordable and reliable energy.
Last week, EPA representatives testified before the House Energy &
Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power and said that it relied on
three U.S. power plant projects to determine that all future power
plants must use CCS. It’s important to note that these three plants are
still-in-development and these three projects are all supported by the
Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI), a
federal program designed to help bring new coal technologies to market.
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On November 15, Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Steve Scalise (R-LA), Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Joe Barton (R-TX) sent a letter
to the EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy challenging the validity of the GHG regulation and requesting that the EPA withdraw it.
The EPA has exceeded its legal authority in determining the commercial
readiness of CCS which, in turn, makes its proposed regulation invalid.
The NAM has opposed this regulation since its introduction as it is
contrary to an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy and a clear example of
government overreaching. Continuing to pursue this regulatory path will
only lead to greater uncertainty and costs for U.S. manufacturing with
limited or no environmental benefit. It is time for the EPA to withdraw
this rule. We need you to join the fight to protect manufacturing.
How You Can Weigh In:
It is time for the Administration to reevaluate the path it is pursuing under this regulatory regime. Scroll
down to send an email directly to the EPA, strongly urging it to
withdraw its proposed GHG regulation on new power plants.