American Iron and Steel Institute Expresses Disappointment Over Senate Failure to Pass the Murkowski Resolution

Washington, D.C., 6/11/2010 - Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), whose members produce more than 75 percent of the steel produced in America, issued the following statement on the Senate’s failure today to pass S.J. Res 26:

“We are disappointed that the U.S. Senate failed to pass S.J. Res 26, Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) Resolution of Disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs) from stationary sources, such as steel production facilities, under the Clean Air Act (CAA).  This regulatory path will be economically detrimental to American manufacturing, and will not result in a reduction in greenhouse gas emission, as overseas competitors will continue to increase their emissions.  Climate change is a global problem that can only be addressed effectively on a global basis.

AISI and our member companies greatly appreciate Senator Murkowski’s efforts in sponsoring this resolution to keep climate policy considerations before Congress, rather than EPA.  We also thank Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), among others, for their bipartisan support for the bill.   They rightly realize the damaging economic impact that the EPA regulatory approach will have on American manufacturing and on American jobs at a time when the economy is just starting a fragile  recovery.

AISI continues to believe that Congress should enact legislation to prevent EPA from regulating stationary sources under the Clean Air Act.  We look forward to working with Senator Rockefeller and other Members of Congress in support of S. 3072, which would delay EPA regulation for two years to provide Congress the time to carefully develop climate policy that achieves both America’s environmental and economic goals.”

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 23 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.

Contact:
Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
Tel: 202.452.7115