WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bill Kovacs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce senior vice president of Environment, Technology, and Regulatory Affairs, recently issued the following statement following the House passage of H.R. 910, the “Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011,” which would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing a new set of regulations on emitters of greenhouse gases:
“The Chamber agrees with the strong bipartisan votes in the House and the Senate that Congress needs to determine the scope of the Clean Air Act, not EPA. We urge both chambers in Congress to resolve the extent of EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act by establishing a clear congressional policy that brings about regulatory certainty. Allowing the EPA to impose this expansive set of regulations would hurt the economy, cost jobs, and harm America’s competitiveness.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.