August 1, 2013 – Washington, DC…Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) voted for the Energy Consumers Relief Act (HR 1582), which is meant to protect consumers from higher energy costs caused by new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that destroy jobs and raise energy prices.
The major provisions of the bill provide that EPA submit a report to Congress on rules costing more than $1 billion and prohibit EPA from finalizing a rule if the Secretary of Energy determines the rule would cause economic harm.
“Obviously there are proposals from within EPA that would impact jobs and cost consumers at the pump or in turning on a light switch,” Shimkus noted.
“The bill continues to allow EPA to regulate air and water quality.”
Examples of onerous rules under consideration, without a vote in Congress or even approval from the President himself, include:
+ Utility MACT rule, which is estimated by EPA itself to cost $9.6 billion annually. Outside estimates are higher.
+ Boiler MACT rule, which is estimated by EPA to cost $1.4 to $1.6 billion annually. An estimate is that 16,000 jobs would be put at risk if this rule were to be implemented.
+ Tier 3 rule, which is estimated by EPA to cost $2 billion annually and up to $3.4 billion by 2030. Estimates are that this rule would add at least 9 cents per gallon of gasoline.
“What if all of these rules were implemented? Our economy would suffer grave damage at a time when it cannot sustain the slightest harm,” Shimkus said. “In addition, an amendment was added that the ‘social cost of carbon’ could not be considered as a benefit to any rule making. The United Mine Workers of America issued a letter in support of that amendment.”
Other organizations supportive of this measure include: American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Industrial Energy Consumers of America, National Association of Manufacturers, National Mining Association, and Window and Door Manufacturers Association.
The bill passed with bipartisan support 232-181 and now moves to the Senate for consideration.