AHRI calls on White House to reject Social Cost of Carbon
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) called on President Trump to withdraw the Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis. According to AHRI, this analysis, commonly referred to as the Social Cost of Carbon, was reached through a closed-door, non-transparent process by an exclusive interagency working group created under the previous administration.
"By using the SCC as a basis for cost-benefit analyses to validate unreasonable efficiency regulations — without stakeholder input on the estimates — we believe the previous administration violated its responsibility under the Administrative Procedures Act," stated AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek.
"This new administration has promised to aid manufacturers that have had to endure an unprecedented number of regulations which increased the cost of doing business in America, harmed consumers, stifled job creation, and hurt our global competitiveness," Yurek said. "Removing SCC calculations as a justification for regulations is an excellent place to start."
AHRI claims several of the rules affecting its members have been issued using these analyses and have not adequately considered higher equipment costs for consumers or energy, production costs, and job losses for manufacturers.
"To correct these errors and prevent similar issues in future rulemakings, AHRI respectfully requests that the President direct federal agencies to cease using the SCC analysis and prevent its further use in the rulemaking process," said Yurek.