Organisation Name
US Chamber of Commerce
InfluenceMap Query
GHG Emission Standards
Data Source
Media Reports
 
 

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-2.0

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Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Taking legal action against GHG emissions standards. Opposing EPA Clean Power Plan. (EcoWatch, June 2014)

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The Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision Monday that the Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is free to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, as long as the source of emissions in question is a traditional polluter, like a factory or a power plant, rather than a school or a shopping mall. The decision was largely written by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. The EPA’s challengers in this case (a number of groups including the Chamber of Commerce, American Chemistry Council and state of Texas) were taking on efforts by the agency that are unrelated to the new, state-level emissions caps proposed earlier this month.

Created: 04/06/2015 Last edited: 02/01/2018

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Producing and disseminating material in opposition to the Obama Administration's use of the EPA to regulate power plants. (Telegraph, June 2014)

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However, announcing the new targets, Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the EPA, said cutting 30 per cent of power plant emissions from their 2005 levels was the equivalent of cancelling out all the annual carbon pollution from two-thirds of the cars and trucks in America. She challenged a report by the US Chamber of Commerce estimating that the new regulations would cause a spike in electricity prices and a loss to the US economy of an estimated 224,000 lost or uncreated jobs every year until 2030.

Created: 24/07/2015 Last edited: 02/01/2018

 

Opposing GHG emissions targets

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Calling for the repeal of the Clean Power Plan (US Chamber, Institute of 21st Century Energy, CEO Keren Alderman Harbert, Houston Chronicle, December 2016)

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[Q: If the Trump administration comes to you and asks for your top priority, what would it be?] A: Immediately, to send a signal that we're not going to put the brakes on this sputtering economy, he should revoke the (Obama administration's greenhouse gas consideration) guidance. Then he should turn to the regulations that have been put into effect very recently that he could reverse. The Department of Interior, for example, put out the latest five-year offshore leasing program. In that, they eliminated the Atlantic, the Pacific, two areas under current development in Alaska and areas in the Gulf of Mexico. That doesn't look like a policy to support an energy superpower. Trump should immediately begin putting forward a different five-year plan, and, at the same time, begin to unravel the Clean Power Plan that dictates from Washington what every of our 50 states' energy economy should look like.

Created: 12/12/2016 Last edited: 12/12/2016

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Opposing the Clean Power Plan (Washington Post, November 2017)

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Back and forth it went. Kathy Beckett, a West Virginia lawyer and board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, called the Clean Power Plan “unlawful and a bad deal for America.” She argued it would drive up electricity rates and impose billions of dollars in compliance costs for companies “without any significant reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions.”

Created: 30/11/2017 Last edited: 30/11/2017

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Producing and disseminating material in opposition to the Obama Administration's use of the EPA to regulate power plants. (The Hill, June 2014)

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The country’s largest business lobby warned Wednesday that the Obama administration’s proposal to impose new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants could eclipse $50 billion in annual costs through 2030. The new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce comes ahead of the Environmental Protection Agency’s planned rollout of draft regulations at the center of President Obama's climate change initiative.[...] “Our analysis shows that Americans will pay significantly more for electricity, see slower economic growth and fewer jobs, and have less disposable income, while a slight reduction in carbon emissions will be overwhelmed by global increases,” Harbert said.

Created: 04/06/2015 Last edited: 02/01/2018

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Appears to have actively opposed the EU Fuels Quality Directive (FQD) (Guardian, November 2015)

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The EU adopted the FQD in 2009. Since then, it has been firmly in the crosshairs of the world’s largest oil companies, which have invested heavily in tar sands. [...] The US Chamber of Commerce revelled in having “successfully advocated for a delay in, and possible reconsideration of” the directive, marking it as one of its “policy accomplishments for 2013”.

Created: 30/12/2015 Last edited: 02/01/2018

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Directly advocating to policy makers to weaken the Clean Power Plan to only include emissions standards for coal plants (E&E News, August 2017)

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Industry has delivered a clear message to the Trump administration during a series of recent closed-door meetings: Don't completely gut the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. To be sure, leading industry associations are pushing White House and U.S. EPA officials to drastically roll back the landmark climate change rule. They're advocating a new approach that still limits power plants' emissions but is narrower than the one envisioned by President Obama's team. [...] The heavy-hitting U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers advocated an "inside-the-fence" approach to power plant regulations during a July meeting with the Office of Management and Budget and EPA staff, they told E&E News. Critics of the Obama rule have argued that it overstepped by allowing emissions reductions "outside the fence line" of coal-fired power plants. [...] Matt Letourneau, spokesman for the Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy, said in an email: "It's safe to say we" pushed for inside-the-fence-line. [...] The recently publicized meetings with industry hint of a nearing Trump administration decision on how and whether to regulate carbon emissions from power plants, though devising a formal rule could take several months. While OMB and EPA meet with a variety of interest and business groups affected by pending regulations, the Chamber and NAM carry considerable weight in the business community that President Trump has courted.

Created: 03/08/2017 Last edited: 03/08/2017

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Opposing emission standards under the Clean Power Plan strong enough to shift generation away from coal (The Hill, February 2018)

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Energy companies and their allies want the Trump administration to give them a wide amount of leeway when writing a replacement to the Obama administration’s climate change rule for power plants. In comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which were due this week, fossil fuel interests, utilities, business groups and others asked the agency to write a rule that doesn’t require any coal-fired power plants to shut down, doesn’t mandate any actions outside of the power plants themselves and that gives state leaders maximum flexibility in deciding how to comply. [..]  A coalition led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, meanwhile, urged the EPA to avoid any rule that would require companies to shift their electric generation away from coal plants and toward lower-emitting sources. That approach, referred to as "beyond the fence line" because it requires actions outside the power plants themselves, was part of the Obama rule.“Any rule to establish standards of performance under Section 111(d) must reflect what can be demonstrated and accomplished ‘within the fence line’ of the emissions source,” the coalition said. “This scope would be consistent with the plain text of the statute, EPA regulations, and historical EPA practice.”

Created: 08/03/2018 Last edited: 08/03/2018

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Directly advocating to policy makers to support a bill that would withdraw the EPA's authority to the regulate GHG emissions of power plants (The Hill, November 2013)

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The powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce is trying to build political momentum behind legislation that would greatly scale back Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carbon emissions rules for new power plants. The bill they're backing would also halt planned rules for existing power plants unless Congress votes to let them take effect. The Chamber, in a new letter to Congress, says a draft bill that Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) are circulating would provide “critical protections” against “economically damaging” regulations.

Created: 04/06/2015 Last edited: 02/01/2018

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Taking legal action against the EPA due to their GHG emissions standards (Houston Chronicle, April 2016)

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is still reviewing pollution data from around the country, to figure out which counties will be placed in violation. An announcement is not expected until late next year, but the EPA said existing air pollution rules are expected to go a long way to reducing ozone pollution in the decade ahead. "EPA expects that the vast majority of U.S. counties outside of California will meet the revised standards by 2025 without taking additional action to reduce emissions," a spokeswoman said in an email. Higher costs Still, the oil and gas industry is worried and has joined a lawsuit led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and states including Texas asking judges at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to block the EPA. "Areas of the country that fail to comply with these impossible standards will be subject to costly new regulations that will harm our economy and kill jobs," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in December. "Texas has proven that we can reduce ambient ozone concentrations without stifling growth, and my office will continue to defend our state from the EPA's harmful and overreaching regulations."

Created: 08/04/2016 Last edited: 04/01/2017

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Opposing GHG targets related to the Clean Power Plan (US Chamber's, Institute of 21st Century Energy, CEO Keren Harbert, USA Today, October 2017)

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The Clean Power Plan was the wrong answer to a real concern. To be clear, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce believes that the climate is changing, and that man is contributing to these changes. We also believe that technology and innovation, rather than sweeping federal mandates, offer the best approach for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the impacts of climate change. The plan’s fundamental flaw was that it would have intentionally raised the cost of energy without regard to the impact on families and businesses. Sacrificing affordable and reliable energy would cede one of America’s most important advantages in the global marketplace.

Created: 03/11/2017 Last edited: 03/11/2017

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Actively pushed for less stringent GHG emission standards as a replacement to Clean Power Plan (E&E News, April 2018)

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Those include plans to repeal President Obama's Clean Power Plan. "I think he is doing what he can to do the work that you would normally hope the agency would do, definitely on the Clean Power Plan specifically," said the industry source. Still, industry voices that are influential with the Trump administration have argued for regulatory clarity and opposed broadsides against the endangerment finding. That has hindered the success of Pruitt's allies outside the administration. Trade organizations like the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce favor scaled-back power plant regulations rather than a tear-it-all-down strategy.

Created: 02/07/2018 Last edited: 02/07/2018