MONTGOMERY – Business Council of Alabama Environmental Committee member Trey Glenn, who formerly served as director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, commented at today’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hearing on proposed regulations concerning carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
Glenn commented at the EPA’s Atlanta session. Other sessions on the proposed punitive regulations are in Denver, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh concluding Friday.
The EPA’s proposals, if finalized, would impose enormous costs and burdens on Alabama workers and their families, and would hinder our global economic competitiveness, Glenn said. The impact of the regulations would be felt the most in states like Alabama where fossil fuels provide a significant share of our electric generation.
“The Administration’s claims that energy costs will not be impacted by this proposal ring hollow to most Alabamians who recall President Obama’s commitment in 2008 when he was campaigning for the presidency, that under his climate change plan, ‘electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket’,” Glenn said.
The regulations if enforced will undoubtedly increase electricity prices, which will certainly hinder and not help economic growth.
Historically, Alabama has had lower-than-average energy costs partly because the state has been blessed with an abundance of natural resources that can be harnessed to provide power to our homes and businesses and to make life better for our citizens.
Glenn said the regulations will strangle our economy and growth. That is why Alabama leaders and the majority of Alabama families oppose these regulations as proposed, he said.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that the proposed EPA regulations could increase energy costs to consumers by as much as 30 percent. That’s $60 on a $200 electricity bill in a hot summer month.
“Neither consumers, nor small businesses or our critical manufacturing industry can afford ‘skyrocketing’ rates and certainly not 30 percent higher rates,” BCA President and CEO William J. Canary said. “The BCA supports efforts to delay implementation of EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act and opposes caps or taxes on carbon emissions that would put Alabama businesses at a competitive disadvantage with other states or nations.”
The BCA supports efforts to delay implementation of EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act and opposes caps or taxes on carbon emissions that would put Alabama businesses at a competitive disadvantage with other states or nations.
The Business Council of Alabama is Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly one million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2014
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