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
Add to Briefcase
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.”


Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.