Experts have a discussion about the future of HVAC under Republican-led government and what issues will be the primary focus, for more information about this topic read below.
Joe Trauger, senior vice president of policy and government relations, Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), agreed there are still a lot of unknowns, especially in terms of personnel.
“The president-elect just put forward Gov. Perry’s nomination for Secretary of Energy and a number of others for cabinet placements, but we still don’t have a good idea of what the personnel will look like on that second, third, or even fourth layer down,” he said. “And, as most people know, personnel is policy, so there are still a lot of unknowns as of yet. Overall, we’re looking forward to having a more collaborative relationship, not only with the DOE [Department of Energy], but with all the government agencies we interact with, rather than this sort of adversarial posture that’s been taken over the course of the past eight years. We are hopeful that we’ll be in a position to be a partner and work together to ensure our members are not unduly impacted by any particular regulation.”
Barton James, senior vice president of government relations for ACCA, said the organization’s members are excited.
“I think a conservative-led administration and Congress is pretty appealing to small business owners in terms of stopping the onslaught of regulations, having a more business-minded focus, and understanding the issues that impact small business owners,” he said. “There are advantages to having control of the executive branch held by the same party as the one controlling Congress, and we don’t get to see this very often. I’m pretty excited to see what this may mean. Hopefully, it leads to real progress for many of the issues we’ve been facing.”