WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Charles T. Drevna, president of NPRA, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, issued the following statement in response to regulations proposed today by the Environmental Protection Agency limiting greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum refineries and power plants:
"EPA's proposals would carry tremendous costs but no benefits for the American people - all pain and no gain. Regulations can't create technology that doesn't exist or change the laws of physics and economics, so the only way to comply with EPA's proposals would be to inflict massive increases in energy costs and massive increases in unemployment on families across our nation. This is exactly the opposite of what President Obama rightly called for when he said economic recovery and job creation should be our nation's top priorities.
"Exporting American industries, jobs, cash and prosperity to other nations - and then importing greenhouse gases and manufactured goods from those countries - makes no sense environmentally or economically. It's the wrong action at the wrong time, as our nation struggles to recover from high unemployment and a devastating recession.
"We will urge Congress to vote to stop EPA from implementing these greenhouse gas regulations, which were never contemplated by members of Congress who passed the Clean Air Act. We trust that our elected representatives will listen to American voters, who showed in November that they oppose job-destroying regulations and favor a return to American economic strength and international competitiveness."
SOURCE National Petrochemical & Refiners Association