For Immediate Release
June 19, 2019
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement today regarding the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s finalization of the Affordable Clean Energy rule.
“We commend the EPA for taking into consideration the numerous concerns that were raised about the Clean Power Plan. When the Obama administration’s rule 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. Subsequently, we were the lead named party in an amicus brief, co-signed 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 delivers emissions reductions when government is not picking winners and losers and individuals and businesses are free to choose which energy source best fits their needs. By setting standards that did not take into account what was achievable at individual facilities, the Clean Power Plan was overly aggressive and far-reaching and would not have resulted in any meaningful reduction of global carbon emissions. Additionally, the prior administration’s final regulatory documents projected the Clean Power Plan would have diminished the production and use of shale gas – which has strengthened Pennsylvania’s economy and environment – and would have paved the way for similarly aggressive regulations on a wide swath of industrial sectors.
“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. 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. With increased regulatory certainty from Washington, our members will continue to invest and develop solutions to grow our economy and meet our environmental goals.”
Kevin Sunday, director of government affairs for the PA Chamber, attended the official signing of the regulation today at EPA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The signing event included senior administration officials and business and labor leaders from around the country.
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