Chamber Backs Whitfield-Manchin Legislation

The Chamber of Commerce is supporting legislation that would limit the EPA's ability to regulate coal power plants.
National Journal
Alex Brown
Nov. 11, 2013, 10:08 a.m.

The U.S. Cham­ber of Com­merce an­nounced its sup­port Monday for le­gis­la­tion that would thwart EPA at­tempts to reg­u­late emis­sions from coal-fired power plants.

The bill, au­thored by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Rep. Ed Whit­field, R-Ky., would block new agency rules that lim­it emis­sions and es­sen­tially man­date use of car­bon cap­ture tech­no­logy. “[Car­bon cap­ture and se­quest­ra­tion] is nowhere near com­mer­cial vi­ab­il­ity due to fin­an­cial, tech­no­lo­gic­al, and oth­er hurdles,” wrote the Cham­ber’s Bruce Jos­ten. “Ac­cord­ingly, EPA’s des­ig­na­tion of CCS as the best sys­tem for com­pli­ance un­der this rule amounts to little more than a reg­u­lat­ory eu­phem­ism for what is plainly a ban on the con­struc­tion of new coal-fired power plants.”

The pro­vi­sions in the Whit­field-Manchin bill, Jos­ten said, “are com­mon sense solu­tions that would serve to up­hold the spir­it and in­tent of the Clean Air Act and pre­vent dis­rup­tion to the af­ford­able and re­li­able elec­tri­city that provides the back­bone of the Amer­ic­an eco­nomy.”