OVERVIEW

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.

ABC SUPPORTS

• Decreasing America’s dependence on foreign sources of energy by increasing domestic exploration and production of fossil fuels.
• 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.

ABC OPPOSES

• The EPA overstepping its statutory authority.
• Any federal regulatory actions that would impede the unconventional oil and gas boom.
• The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2015 final rule, which aims to clarify the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” The final rule significantly expands the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the country.


BACKGROUND

ABC believes alternative/renewable energy sources are vital to America’s future; however, the implementation of such sources will only succeed when coupled with measures designed to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign sources of energy. These measures include increased domestic exploration and production of fossil fuels, as well as responsible deepwater drilling.

ABC opposes federal actions to halt or limit unconventional oil and gas extraction and transportation, which would increase the cost of energy across the United States and contribute to job loss in the construction industry. The unprecedented oil shale development of the past decade has buoyed construction activity through the deepest recession and softest recovery in recent history. As many American households and businesses struggle to make ends meet, an increase in the cost of gasoline prices and energy will impact corporate and family budgets alike.

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.

UPDATE

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.

Since Oct. 9, 2015, the 2015 WOTUS final rule has been under a nationwide stay by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.