Soaring energy costs could be a side-effect of legislation passed by the House of Representatives on Friday (26 June), a US textile group has warned.

Lawmakers voted 219-212 in favour of the so-called Climate Bill, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, create "green" jobs and lessen the US economy's dependence on foreign oil imports.

But the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), along with most other manufacturing sectors, say they oppose the bill "because it will significantly increase energy costs for domestic manufacturers but not those of its overseas competitors."

NCTO president Cass Johnson said: "With manufacturing in the United States sustaining record employment losses, it is an especially bitter pill when the House passes a bill that will only ensure more job flight overseas.

"While last minute language was added regarding border adjusted taxation, this language is too discretionary and would not allow the textile industry, even if the measure is implemented, to benefit because the trade impacted industries are not given a high enough priority."

NCTO has now vowed to work to change the bill's provisions in the US Senate.