ARLINGTON, Va. — The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) recently called on President Donald Trump to withdraw the Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis. This analysis, commonly referred to as the Social Cost of Carbon, was reached through a closed-door, non-transparent process by an exclusive interagency working group created under the Obama administration.

“By using the SCC as a basis for cost-benefit analyses to validate unreasonable efficiency regulations — without stakeholder input on the estimates — we believe the previous administration violated its responsibility under the Administrative Procedures Act,” stated Stephen Yurek, president and CEO, AHRI.

“This new administration has promised to aid manufacturers that have had to endure an unprecedented number of regulations, which increased the cost of doing business in America, harmed consumers, stifled job creation, and hurt our global competitiveness,” Yurek said. “Removing SCC calculations as a justification for regulations is an excellent place to start.”

Several of the rules affecting AHRI members that have been issued using these analyses have not adequately considered higher equipment costs for consumers or energy, production costs, and job losses for manufacturers. “To correct these errors and prevent similar issues in future rulemakings, AHRI respectfully requests that President Trump directs federal agencies to cease using the SCC analysis and prevent its further use in the rulemaking process,” said Yurek.

Publication date: 2/13/2017

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