New NSBA Energy and Environmental Policy

March 9, 2012

NSBA recently unveiled a new, comprehensive energy and environmental policy proposal aimed at addressing increased energy costs and the continued U.S. reliance on unstable foreign sources of energy, and outlines the negative impact these issues have on small-business growth.

A long-time outspoken proponent of the mutually beneficial relationship shared between small-business growth and energy and environmental efficiency, NSBA outlined the four key objectives any such policy should embrace:

  1. Maintain clean water and air to prevent adverse health effects on the American people;
  2. Provide for adequate and affordable energy to meet the personal and economic requirements of the American people;
  3. Eliminate the reliance of the U.S. on unstable, unreliable or hostile foreign sources of energy to prevent economic disruption; and
  4. Ensure that energy and environmental policies do not place a disproportionate burden on small enterprises that are the source of economic dynamism in the U.S. economy.

The new policy paper goes on to outline key policy goals U.S. lawmakers should seek in order to achieve these objectives. Among those:

  • Promoting alternative sources of energy (including wind, hydro-electric, geothermal and solar energy);
  • Maintaining reasonable regulation designed to protect the health of the American people, realizing that almost any activity involves risks;
  • ¬†Accelerating dramatically the regulatory approval process in connection with energy projects;
  • ¬†Avoiding increasing the cost of energy production;
  • Promoting commercial energy relationships with stable and allied nations (such as Canada, Europe and Australia);
  • Ensuring that the regulatory process does not impose a disproportionate burden on small firms;
  • Ensuring that small firms have adequate access to affordable energy; and
  • Ensuring that small firms have adequate access to federal energy research dollars.

To view the complete policy paper, please click here.