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MHARR to Secretary Perry: Withdraw Unnecessary MH Energy Rule

March 13th, 2017 Comments off

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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that it has formally called upon the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Gov. Rick Perry, to withdraw its proposed manufactured housing energy rule.

MHARR says that the proposed rule is “rooted in climate change activism and advanced by energy special interests through an illegitimate and scandal-plagued regulatory process, threatens to needlessly destroy the affordability of manufactured homes” and “simultaneously excludes millions of consumers from the manufactured housing market – and from home-ownership altogether.

According to MHARR, the proposed rule could increase the retail cost of an average multi-section manufactured home by $6,000.00 or more because regulatory compliance, testing and enforcement-related costs were never considered by DOE in developing the rule.


DOE Secretary Rick Perry. Credit: Wikipedia.

MHARR has been on the record as an opponent of both the proposed DOE rule and the “fundamentally-tainted administrative process” that led to its adoption.

In a November 2016 letter, the organization called for the DOE “to cease and desist from any further activity on the proposed manufactured housing rule pursuant to Congress’ November 15, 2016 warning to all federal agencies against finalizing any pending rules or regulations in the Obama Administration’s last days.


M. Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

The DOE manufactured housing ‘energy’ rule is a textbook example of a destructive, big government ‘solution’ in search of a problem. Manufactured homes, comprehensively regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, already have median energy operating costs that are less than, or comparable to, other types of housing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau,” said MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss.

To single out manufactured homes and their mostly lower and moderate-income buyers for what amounts to a huge, regressive tax that would devastate both them and the industry in order to satisfy special interests, is incomprehensible, indefensible and precisely the type of baseless, damaging federal regulation that President Trump has vowed to eliminate.

The full letter from Weiss to Secretary Rick Perry is linked here. ##


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Business Optimism Rises with Trump’s Ascendancy, as Energy Issues take Center Stage

December 13th, 2016 Comments off

President-elect Trump  Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The National Federation of Independent Businesses’ (NFIB) small business optimism index rose from 94.9 to 98.4 in the wake of president-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the U. S. elections, marking the largest increase since 2009.

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This month we bifurcated the data

to measure the results before and after the election,” explained Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg, noted here. “The November index was basically unchanged from October’s reading up to the point of the election and then rose dramatically after the results of the election were known.”                                                               

The balance of opinion on sales expectations surged by 10 percentage points to +11, while the same gauge when applied to expectations for business to improve shot up from -6 to +38, a huge jump, according to Bloomberg.

Small businesses like unified Republican government,” said Neil Dutta, head of U. S. economics at Renaissance Macro Research LLC. Dutta reported that the NFIB index rose in 2004 after George W. Bush won a second term, but dropped when President Obama was re-elected in 2012.

Dunkelberg also noted that Trump’s plan to cut corporate taxes will benefit domestic firms, especially when coupled with his nomination of Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration (SBA) and thereby roll back regulation and attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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Meanwhile, as Lifezette informs MHProNews, Trump has fired several shots across the bow indicating that energy will be in the forefront of his administration: His choice of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and former Governor of Texas Rick Perry to (possibly) head the Department of Energy signals a focus on energy development unlike any recent administration. Tillerson has business interests all across the globe, Pruitt fought Obama’s focus on “green energy” at every turn, and you cannot be governor of Texas without an interest in the West Texas oil deposits as an economic force.

The Impact of Energy Development on Manufactured and Modular Housing

Oil pumps Watford City, ND Tom Haines/theatlantic

As MHProNews has reported here dozens of times, the Marcellus Shale deposits in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, and the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota–in addition to West Texas–have led to an unprecedented surge in demand for affordable housing, modular and manufactured, for the oil field workers and support services. In short, under a Trump administration, Lifezette reports “Energy will be key to America’s economic growth and revival.”

While President Obama and other world leaders have had more of a focus on “clean and green energy,” especially in light of the Paris Agreement, “Trump is signaling a commitment to an economy powered well and cheaply by abundant supplies of oil, gasoline and electricity.”

The Paris agreement, while not having any enforcement mechanism, requires nations to “come together every five years to set more ambitious targets as required by science,” and to “report to each other and the public on how well they are doing to implement their targets.”

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman notes what might happen if Trump tries to withdraw from the Paris accord. “You mess with this issue, you abandon Paris, you will see a backlash that will make Greenpeace look like a knitting circle,” said Friedman, pointing his finger. “They will go after his golf courses … They are really playing with fire.”

Trump may or may not be able to withdraw from Paris, but he is sure to go after Obama’s Clean Power Plan, perhaps by refusing to defend it in upcoming court battles. Marlo Lewis, senior fellow in energy and environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said, “This regulation was transparently designed to kill the future of [coal plants]. That is the centerpiece of the EPA’s war on coal, or war on affordable energy.” ##

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Presidential hopeful makes campaign stop at New Hampshire Modular producer

August 19th, 2011 Comments off

Rick_Perry_at_Epoch_Homes_Union_LeaderUnionLeader reports that Texas Governor Rick Perry made a campaign stop at Pembroke based modular producer Epoch Homes. While at Epoch, presidential hopeful Perry called for reduced regulations to get businesses creating jobs in the U.S. instead of outsourcing them overseas. Perry met with Epoch employes, in typical New Hampshire campaigning style. Dave Quinn has been an Epoch employee for 3 years.    Quinn, from Auburn NH said he is a registered independent but usually votes Republican. While undecided, Quinn said he’s leaning toward Gov. Perry over former Gov. Romney. “I like his big push on deregulation,” Quinn said. “That push to give control back to the people, that’s what’s really swaying my position to support Gov. Perry over Mitt Romney.” John Ela, president of Epoch Homes, expressed enthusiasm for a candidate like Perry, who “focuses on the concept of the American dream is very important to us.” Epoch’s Ela also said that “As governor, he cut taxes and in one of the first times since World War II he was able to cut spending in his state,” Ela added “That’s certainly something you’ve seen a lot about in the news lately: the need to cut government spending.”

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