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For Immediate Release
August 24, 2018

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PA Chamber: New EPA Rule a Welcome Change Compared to Clean Power Plan

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement following the release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule.  The proposal was authored by the Trump administration to replace the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan.  

“In drafting this new rule, we commend the EPA for taking into consideration the numerous concerns that were raised about the Clean Power Plan.  When it was first unveiled, the PA Chamber warned that the increased costs associated with the Clean Power Plan would jeopardize the Commonwealth’s position as an energy leader and was the lead named party in an amicus brief, cosigned by 166 other chambers and manufacturing groups, to the Supreme Court urging for the rule to be overturned. The rule was clearly defective, as the Supreme Court issued a nationwide suspension of the rule. 

“Having long exhibited global leadership in the coal, gas, nuclear and renewables sectors, Pennsylvania has shown that a free and competitive energy market can deliver emissions reductions when individuals and businesses are free to choose which energy source best fits their needs – and the federal government is not picking winners and losers.  The Clean Power Plan was overly aggressive and far-reaching and would not have resulted in any meaningful reduction of global carbon emissions.

“The Affordable Clean Energy rule gives states greater flexibility in determining how to comply with the performance standards outlined in the rule and how best to reduce emissions.  It also affords more flexibility to companies complying with the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review requirements, which have stifled innovation at manufacturing facilities.  We welcome the EPA’s shift to an approach that recognizes the unique energy landscapes within each state.  Pennsylvania’s diverse energy portfolio has led to lower energy costs for the Commonwealth’s consumers and plays a significant role in the country’s overall energy independence.  We look forward to reviewing the proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule in greater detail and determining how it will impact the state overall.”


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