In late February, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce joined 166 state and local business associations from 40 states in filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit explaining the devastating economic impact posed by the EPA’s carbon regulations.
The lawsuit, which will be considered by a federal appeals court this summer, involves EPA’s Clean Power Plan rules, which aim to reconfigure state electricity systems. It is expected to be a landmark case that could shape Arizona’s energy and economic futures.
The business coalition’s brief outlines major legal and economic concerns with the rule, arguing that EPA has trampled on the rights of states to determine their own energy mix and implement environmental standards in a manner tailed to their own circumstances. The availability of affordable electricity is a key feature of keeping America competitive in the global economy.
Affordable, reliable energy provides our members a critical advantage in today’s intensely competitive economy. If the courts uphold EPA’s rule, that advantage could be lost and American consumers will be left footing the bill, leading to adverse ripple effects throughout the economy, which will threaten individual businesses, countless jobs and entire communities.
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