FREE-MARKET AND CONSERVATIVE COALITION URGES YES ONS. J. RES 37, THE INHOFE RESOLUTION TO STOP UTILITY MACT
Dear Senator:On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of our organizations,
we urge you to VOTE YES on the InhofeResolution, S.J. Res 37
, to overturn the so-called Mercury and Air Toxics Standard, better known as the Utility MaximumAchievable Control Technology (Utility MACT) rule.Utility MACT is the most expensive environmental regulation in history, will increase electricity and natural gasprices (hitting low-income households hardest), and will put tens of thousands of Americans out of work.It is a failed solution to a nonexistent problem. In the 22 years since the Clean Air Act tasked the EPA to study the healthrisk of mercury emissions from power plants, the EPA has not identified a single child whose learning or other disabilitiescan be traced to prenatal mercury exposure. The EPA estimates that the required mercury emission reductions willproduce $0.5 million to $6 million in annual health benefits. This estimate rests on a chain of questionable and evenunrealistic assumptions. But even if it were correct, the estimated compliance costs would exceed the benefits of reducing mercury and other “toxic” emissions by a ratio of 1,600 to one or even 19,200 to one.Moreover, Utility MACT is part of an attempt to circumvent Congress and advance the same extreme anti-energyagenda that Congress and the American people already rejected when it was offered by President Obama as cap-and-trade.In 2008, Barack Obama explained his energy policy like this: “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rateswould necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad.” He went on to explain:“So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them.”The day after the 2010 election, Obama said: “Cap and trade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the onlyway. It was a means, not an end.”The Obama administration is now apparently pursuing the same
of bankrupting coal and causing electricity prices toskyrocket via regulatory
, and Utility MACT (which the EPA’s own low-ball estimate indicates will cost over $10billion per year) is a key element of that effort.CNN recently reported that over 90 percent of utility industry executives believe the costs of Utility MACT and relatedregulations will be passed on to retail customers, and more than half predict the price increases will be significant.Combined with the pending greenhouse gas new source performance standards, Utility MACT could cripple all coal-firedpower plants with costs running into the hundreds of billions.We urge you to take your responsibility as a United States Senator seriously and to stop the effort to usurp legislativepower and make electricity prices skyrocket via the Utility MACT rule.
We urge you to VOTE YES on S.J. Res. 37.