AISI Praises Climate Change Letter Sent By Manufacturing States Senators

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AISI Praises Climate Change Letter Sent By Manufacturing States Senators

American Iron and Steel Institute – Washington, D.C.– 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 nine 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.”

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