By SBE Council at 10 February, 2014, 1:17 pm
The Honorable Ed Whitfield
Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Committee on Energy and Commerce
United States House of Representatives
2184 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Whitfield:
On behalf of the 100,000 members of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), thank you for introducing H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act. SBE Council is pleased H.R. 3826 advanced through the full Energy & Commerce Committee on January 28, as we strongly support the legislation.
H.R. 3826 will put limits on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) costly and impractical green house gas (GHG) regulations for power plants. Entrepreneurs and the self-employed are very concerned about EPA’s rules and intentions, as the mandates will raise electricity costs, hurting businesses and consumers alike. Many small firms continue to struggle in the weak economy. Smaller enterprises can no longer absorb new costs or pass these on to consumers without rendering their businesses noncompetitive. It is a very tough environment for running a business.
EPA’s onerous regulations will destroy jobs and place more burdens on consumers, especially in households where paychecks and buying power has stagnated or deteriorated.
H.R. 3826 restores much-needed accountability in EPA’s rulemaking process, and gives Congress more say on rules or guidelines for existing power plants. With respect to new power plants, the legislation requires that before EPA mandates specific technologies for plants to reduce emissions, such technologies are feasible and usable in the commercial marketplace.
A recent SBE Council survey found that 68% of Americans believe regulations are created by unaccountable “out-of-touch” people who do not consider the “real-world impact” of their actions. Such is the case with EPA’s GHG regulations, and SBE Council looks forward to helping you advance H.R. 3826 to restore common sense and responsibility to the agency’s rulemaking process.
Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO