Aug. 1, 2013(Key vote)
Title: Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that prohibits the Administrator of the Environment Protection Agency from establishing an energy-related rule if the rule will cause "significant" adverse effects.
Requires the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) to review any energy-related rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that is estimated to cost more than $1 billion and to determine if the rule has an effect on any of the following (Sec. 3):
Reliability of electricity; or
Energy price, supply, distribution, or use.
Requires the Secretary of the DOE to determine whether the energy-related rule will cause “significant” adverse effects to the economy by considering certain information including, but not limited to, the following information (Sec. 3):
The costs and benefits of the rule; and
The positive and negative impacts of the rule on economic indicators.
Prohibits the Administrator of the EPA from establishing the energy-related rule if the Secretary of the DOE determines that the rule will cause “significant” adverse effects to the economy (Sec. 2).
Requires the Administrator of the EPA to submit a report to Congress of any energy-rule estimated to cost more than $1 billion that includes certain information including, but not limited to, the following information (Sec. 3):
An estimate of the total direct and indirect costs associated with the rule;
An estimate of the increases in energy, gasoline, or electricity prices associated with the rule; and
A description of the effects on employment, potential job losses, and employment shifts associated with the rule.
Prohibits the Administrator of the EPA from using the “social cost of carbon” in any cost-benefit analysis relating to an energy-related rule that is estimated to cost more than $1 billion (Sec. 5).
Defines “social cost of carbon” as an estimate of the cost of damages associated with an incremental increase in carbon dioxide emissions in a given year (Sec. 5).