EPA’s Clean Power Plan Is a Dirty Trick, Says Small Biz

Date: October 27, 2015

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NFIB leads the charge to prevent closing coal-power electricity generators.

Small business won a victory against overregulation with the temporary blocking of the WOTUS rule. But it sure didn’t take the EPA long to come up with another business-busting plan.

That’s why, on Oct. 23, the NFIB Small Business Legal Center announced that it would lead a coalition of business groups in a lawsuit to invalidate the EPA’s new power plant rule, which forces states to shutter many of their coal-power electric energy generators, which supply most of America’s electricity, in favor of costly alternatives that might not be as reliable.

Even the administration expects its Clean Power Plan to drive up the cost of electricity, the impact of which will fall hard on small businesses that depend heavily on affordable energy. A recent NFIB survey shows that the cost of electricity is already a top concern among small business owners across the country.

“Small businesses will be squeezed between higher direct expenses and lower consumer demand resulting from higher home electric bills,” says Karen Harned, executive director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center. “Everyone remembers the effect that high gasoline prices had on the economy. This will have a similar effect, except that it will be permanent.”

The effects would be far-reaching: “Every American industry is affected by the rule,” said Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy.

NFIB isn’t the only one fighting the new ruling: 

  • About 20 different associations have joined NFIB in this lawsuit.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he and Sen. Joe Manchin will introduce a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to block the EPA pollution standards for new power plants.
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will introduce a resolution opposing the EPA’s existing power plant rule at the same time.
  • At least 26 state attorneys general, associations and as-yet uncounted individual companies separately asked the appeals court for a stay of the rule on similar grounds, Fox reported.

Here’s how people responded to the rule—and the backlash—on Twitter:

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