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BCSE In Action

November 17, 2015

Contact: Laura Tierney
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BCSE Statement on Congressional Review Act Votes on the Clean Power Plan

Washington, DC - Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson issued this statement in anticipation of votes in Congress on Congressional Review Act legislation related to the Clean Power Plan.

"The US Congress is considering legislative proposals to impede the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act with Congressional Review Act resolutions. The resolutions express disapproval of EPA's efforts to set carbon emissions standards.

"As a broad-based coalition of companies and trade associations in the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy favors a federal legislative approach to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. As such, the Council urges immediate enactment of federal climate change legislation as the optimal approach to regulating US greenhouse gas emissions.

"In addition, the Council affirms the Executive Branch's authority to respond to the Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts vs. EPA and to the scientific evidence substantiating the adverse impacts of global climate change. The Council does not believe that Congress should restrict EPA's ability to respond to scientific findings and the Supreme Court's ruling, through funding cuts or other means.

"Further, while we acknowledge the complications and challenges under the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, if applied appropriately, market signals stemming from federal regulatory action could expand domestic clean energy manufacturing, create well-paying American jobs and make the nation more energy independent.

"As business leaders, the Council seeks a federal policy framework that provides predictable and market-based approaches to address climate change that expand the use of readily-available clean energy technologies-such as supply-side and demand-side energy efficiency, a broad portfolio of renewable energy sources, and natural gas.

"The Council urges Congress to oppose any Congressional Review Act resolutions that slow or stop federal regulatory action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

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