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Dear Colleague:

The nation's unemployment rate hit 8 percent in February 2009 and has remained above it ever since. But rather than enacting policies to create domestic jobs, the Obama administration is pursuing job-destroying regulations through the Environmental Protection Agency's climate change agenda. You can stop these costly regulations by voting for H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

Much like last year's failed cap and trade bill, EPA's regulations are designed to drive up the cost of energy. At hearings on H.R. 910, we heard from a wide variety of job creating sectors -- energy production, manufacturing, small business, farming -- all of whom feared adverse consequences on investment and employment as these higher energy costs work their way through the economy. A domestic refiner and a steelmaker testified that job-creating expansion projects have already been scaled back thanks to these regulations, and EPA has only begun to roll out the climate change red tape.

While destroying jobs in the U.S., the EPA is creating them in China and other industrial competitors where these costly regulations don't apply. H.R. 910 puts an end to this self-imposed competitive disadvantage that is forcing American jobs overseas.

It is not just big business that is being harmed. The small business sector, the primary source of job growth, faces a double whammy of higher energy costs and the threat of direct regulation by EPA. Farmers face similar burdens. Overall, as many as 1.4 million jobs may be lost by 2014.

Not surprisingly, the National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Farm Bureau Federation, and many other trade associations representing tens of millions of private sector jobs all strongly support H.R. 910. We urge you to join them, and us, in supporting this important bill.

For more information, please contact Ben Lieberman on the Energy and Commerce Committee staff at x5-2927.

Rep. Ed Whitfield
Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Committee on Energy and Commerce

Rep. John Shimkus
Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
Committee on Energy and Commerce

Rep. Cory Gardner
Committee on Energy and Commerce

Rep. Steve Scalise
Committee on Energy and Commerce

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