April 04, 2023

Scott: Energy Department’s Misguided Regulation Will Make Homeownership Unaffordable

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, is urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to stop implementing progressive climate policies that will make homeownership less accessible to American families. In a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Ranking Member Scott warns against asking families to bear the costs of burdensome regulations and asks DOE to follow the law and meaningfully consult with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) when implementing energy efficiency standards. As currently drafted, DOE’s proposed standards for energy efficiency in manufactured housing will increase costs, reduce affordable housing opportunities, and unnecessarily limit consumer choices, especially for low-income families.

“The DOE Standards are overly broad, unduly burdensome, and undermine commonsense efforts to increase supply and assist families looking for affordable housing opportunities. Moreover, they limit consumer choice for a segment of the market that is unfairly asked to bear the costs imposed by climate alarmists. I ask that you immediately delay implementation of this rule to provide hard-working families relief from this costly and misguided regulation. Furthermore, I ask that you consider withdrawing this rule and incorporate appropriate modifications…to ensure that any future regulation does not irresponsibly contribute to unnecessary costs for Americans pursuing the dream of homeownership,” wrote Ranking Member Scott.

Read the full letter here.