Senators Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Blunt (R-MO) introduced an amendment to S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, yesterday that would ensure that efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions are realistic about existing technology and do not negatively impact our economy.
Donnelly said, "If we don't address these standards in a common sense way, the affordable, reliable energy that Hoosier families and businesses depend on is in doubt. It is absolutely critical that the EPA understand the impact of these standards and the price their proposed regulation would ask Hoosiers to pay. I urge the EPA to make sure that any NSPS regulation is something that reflects existing technology. We can establish standards that protect our environment without hurting our economy."
Blunt said, ""Nearly 40 million American households earning less than $30,000 a year devote almost 20 percent or more of their family budget to energy costs, and when those costs go up, that means less disposable income in families' pockets and less for priorities like groceries, doctors' visits, and education. At a time when the country needs high efficiency coal plants to replace those closing due to other burdensome EPA regulations, the last thing we should do is further prevent businesses and households from having a diverse, reliable, and affordable energy supply."
The amendment states that if the EPA puts together regulations to control carbon dioxide emissions from an industrial source, the EPA must develop the regulations using emission rates based on the efficiencies achievable by using existing technology that is commercially available and subcategorized by fuel type. Commercially available is defined as any technology with proven test results in an industrial setting.
The amendment develops an NSPS for carbon dioxide emissions to protect our environment, while also ensuring that the regulations do not excessively burden Hoosier families and businesses that rely on affordable power.