AISI Praises Climate Change Letter Sent by Manufacturing States Senators

Allowances, energy costs and border adjustment are key issues to be addressed in climate legislation

Washington, D.C., 4/15/2010 - The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson expressed gratitude today to Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Robert Casey (D-Pa.), Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) for their extensive efforts to ensure that climate legislation being developed includes key provisions to promote American manufacturers’ competitiveness, maintain jobs critical to America’s economic recovery and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.  These manufacturing states Senators collectively sent a letter to Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) outlining the necessary aspects of climate change legislation to domestic manufacturing.  AISI sent a letter to the ten manufacturing states Senators expressing appreciation for their efforts and reiterating the critical issues to the steel industry that were addressed in the Senators’ letter.

“Coming from America’s vital manufacturing states, these Senators understand how critical it is for any comprehensive climate legislation to address key issues essential to maintaining a strong U.S. industrial base.    The manufacturing states Senators appropriately recognize the importance of providing a full allocation of allowances to energy-intensive, trade-exposed manufacturers for both direct emissions costs and to offset the expected increases in energy costs that manufacturers will face.”   Gibson expressed.  “We also support the manufacturing states Senators’ statement that effective national climate legislation must prevail over inconsistent State laws and initiatives and should supersede existing federal law and avoid overlapping regulation of greenhouse gases.” 

“It is also essential that legislation include an automatically triggered border adjustment measure for imports from all countries that do not have in place comparable GHG emissions regulations.  This letter from the manufacturing states Senators rightly highlights this important measure that will promote comparable action from developing countries and prevent carbon leakage.  Finally, we appreciate the letter’s support for a robust federal research and development effort into breakthrough technologies for key manufacturing sectors.” 

“This effort truly demonstrates the Senators’ understanding of the challenges that the manufacturing industry faces in the context of proposed climate legislation.”

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice.  AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology.  AISI is comprised of 25 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 138 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI's member companies represent approximately 75 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at www.steel.org.

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Nancy Gravatt
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American Iron and Steel Institute
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