WASHINGTON, April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Vice President of Advocacy Brendan Williams testified today before the Energy & Commerce Committee on the Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013. This legislation serves to protect consumers by creating more transparency and accountability in relation to energy-related rules emanating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that are estimated to cost $1 billion or more. The bill prohibits EPA from finalizing such rules if the Secretary of Energy determines they will cause significant adverse effects to the economy.
In his testimony Williams states:
"This bill is a common sense measure that will inject transparency and scientific rigor back into regulatory process. While not stopping EPA's ability to regulate emissions, the legislation would inject a more rigorous review of the most costly regulations and foster a more robust public debate about the costs and benefits of those proposals.
"This conversation comes at a critical time for energy producers and consumers. For the first time in recent history, the national conversation about our energy potential has shifted from one of scarcity to one of abundance. U.S. workers now face the prospect of manufacturing jobs returning to the nation because of the abundant and affordable energy. We cannot continue to allow the onslaught of costly regulations that provide minimal benefits, at great costs, to threaten such a tremendous opportunity for our nation."
Read the full testimony here.
AFPM, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers is a trade association representing high-tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S. supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of vital products in daily life. AFPM members make modern life possible and keep America moving and growing as they meet the needs of our nation and local communities, strengthen economic and national security, and support 2 million American jobs.
SOURCE American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers