National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

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Washington DC, United States

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is negatively lobbying US climate change policy. NAM opposed US leadership on climate change in the run-up to COP21 and supported the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement in 2017. In 2019, NAM has highlighted its support of legislation to help identify technological pathways to net-zero emissions by 2050. At the same time, however, the organisation has continued to pursue the rollback of climate policy already in place. In particular, NAM has aggressively opposed Obama-era climate regulation for the US power sector related to the US Clean Power Plan, which CEO Jay Timmons has labelled "suffocation by regulation". Having been involved in legal action against the rule throughout 2013-15, in 2016 NAM jointly won a supreme court decision to delay its implementation. NAM has continued to support the rollback of the Obama-era climate policy between 2016-2019 and has further taken legal action in favour of expanding coal infrastructure whilst opposing regulation to phase out coal power generation units. NAM has a history of not supporting vehicle GHG emissions and energy efficiency targets and in October 2018 opposed Californian vehicle standards in favour of the less stringent federal equivalent. NAM's CEO has strongly opposed attempts to reduce fossil fuels in the US’s energy mix, arguing that it would make the US less energy secure. In 2018, NAM’s Legal Action Centre set up a campaign to oppose corporate legal liability on climate change and, in 2019, NAM’s CEO Jay Timmons also opposed measures enabling shareholders to hold companies to account for failing to act on climate change.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency -1 -2 NA NS -2 -2 NA NA
Climate Science Stance -1 0 NA -1 NS -2 NA NA
Need for Climate Regulation -2 0 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
UN Treaty Support -1 0 NA 1 -1 NS NA NA
Transparency on Legislation 2 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax -2 -2 NA NS -1 -2 NA NA
Emissions Trading -2 -2 NA -2 -2 NS NA NA
Energy Efficiency Standards -1 0 NA -1 1 -1 NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation NS -1 NA -1 -2 -1 NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix -1 -1 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards -1 -1 NA -1 -1 -2 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 0 NS NA NA NA NA NA NA
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS