The commercial construction industry has a unique interest in energy policy, as it represents not only a large-scale energy consumer, but also acts as a key facilitator of domestic energy exploration, production and transportation. Furthermore, construction employs more than six million Americans who bear the brunt of fluctuating prices at the pump and in their homes and businesses.
• Decreasing America’s dependence on foreign sources of energy by increasing domestic exploration and responsible production of fossil fuels and development of alternative/renewable sources of energy.
• Allowing responsible oil and gas development offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
• The development of oil shale technology and the construction of new refineries, along with new and sustainable energy sources.
• New construction and upgrades to power plants and transmission infrastructure (e.g., pipelines) built with open competition and without government-mandated project labor agreements.
• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepping its statutory authority.
• Overly burdensome federal regulatory actions that would impede energy production in the United States and result in higher energy costs for hardworking Americans.
ABC supports efforts by the Trump administration to modify or repeal some of the most harmful and costly regulatory actions of the Obama administration, including the Clean Power Plan and the Waters of the United States rules, to address the energy needs of hardworking Americans and the construction industry.
ABC supports an all-of-the-above energy policy that lessens the nation’s dependence on foreign sources of energy and encourages the responsible development of traditional fossil fuels along with alternative/renewable energy sources to ensure affordable and reliable energy for all Americans.
ABC supports efforts to ensure environmental quality in our communities through historically proven methods such as gains in efficiency, new available technologies, and market-based increases in the use of renewable energy. ABC believes this approach will encourage innovative and affordable solutions to address pollution and reduce carbon emissions in the United States.
ABC will continue to advocate for a comprehensive energy policy and oppose any actions that would destroy American jobs and increase the cost of energy across the United States.
On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13783 on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” which directed the EPA Administrator to review the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. Following the review, the EPA published a proposal to repeal the CPP in October 2017 and a new proposal to replace the CPP, entitled the Affordable Clean Energy rule, in August 2018.
On June 27, 2017, the EPA, Department of the Army and Army Corps of Engineers announced their proposal to rescind the 2015 rule defining "waters of the United States," also known as the WOTUS final rule.
On Feb. 14, 2019, the EPA and Corps issued a proposed rule to revise the definition of waters of the United States to clarify federal authority under the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule seeks to provide businesses and landowners with clear definitions of what are and what are not navigable waters.
ABC supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law in December 2017, and a provision in the law that allows for responsible energy development in the non-wilderness 1002 area of ANWR. This 2,000-acre area is estimated to provide more than 10 billion barrels of oil to help secure our nation’s energy independence.