The Environmental Protection Agency is releasing a proposal next month that will establish the first-ever carbon emissions standards for existing power plants. In advance of this release, Missouri lawmakers have introduced SCR 40, which would allow Missouri to weaken the standards on a state level.
Undermining these standards in Missouri would be a setback for the small businesses that not only support them, but also think they help spur innovation and create market opportunities while helping them save money through reduced energy costs.
Small Business Majority polled a random sample of small businesses and found more than half support the EPA regulating carbon emissions from existing power plants that cause climate change. And six in 10 agree expanded use of renewable energy sources can have economic benefits for small business owners.
As our polling shows, small employers believe a clean energy economy that includes strong standards is good for business and the nation. Missouri lawmakers should take note of this support and act accordingly.
Missouri Outreach Manager, Small Business Majority St. Louis