Organisation Name
US Chamber of Commerce
InfluenceMap Query
Need for Climate Regulation
Data Source
Main Web Site
 
 

Score for this Data / Query Cell

-1.46

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Not supporting the need for climate change regulation

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Criticising the US environmental protection agency for pursuing 'environmental mission' over economic concerns (US Chamber Website, 'Holding the EPA to account', November 2016)

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For 45 years, federal law has made protecting the environment a priority under the National Environmental Policy Act by mandating that the consideration of environmental impacts be considered as part of every federal action. During much of the same time period, Congress directed the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the potential job losses and shifts in employment caused by environmental regulations. Yet EPA has refused to provide Congress with the information needed to address impacts ranging from industries being shuttered, to the loss of tens of thousands of jobs and communities disrupted. Those days of inaction may be over. A federal trial court in West Virginia, in a case called Murray Energy Corporation v. EPA, recently found that EPA failed or refused to implement a statutory requirement to continuously evaluate job losses and shifts in employment caused by its regulations. [...] In 1972, Congress was being told that jobs were being lost due to over-reaching regulations — just like today. Under a bipartisan compromise, Congress directed EPA to evaluate the impact of its regulations on jobs so that it could understand the scope of the problem. Congress wanted information. But Congress did not get that information. So why for almost four decades did EPA refuse to provide Congress with the employment impacts information it needed to determine whether regulations are harming workers? The answer is embedded in the vast differences in how EPA gives priority to its environmental mission over the low priority it gives to evaluating job losses. [...]It is EPA's responsibility as a federal agency representing the wider public interest to protect the nation from environmental harm. But Congress did not give EPA a blank check to issue environmental regulations without any regard for their consequences — including destroying jobs and the communities that depend on those jobs. Quite the contrary. Congress mandated EPA to inform it of the impact its regulations have on employment so Congress, the nation's lawmaker, has the information to adjust the laws when circumstances require it. Now that EPA is under a federal court order to evaluate job loss from its regulations, it should undertake its statutory duty and inform Congress, and the public, about the real-life impacts of its regulations.

Created: 29/11/2016 Last edited: 12/12/2016

 

Not supporting the need for climate change regulation

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Supporting climate change policy with exceptions. Stressing the primary role for private sector and technology solutions instead of ambitious public policy (US Chamber Website, Position on Climate Change, October 2017)

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Climate change is a serious challenge that needs to be addressed through thoughtful policies that will have a meaningful impact. The Chamber supports efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and believes technology and innovation offer the greatest potential to reduce emissions and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. The best solutions are going to come from the private sector—or the private sector working together with government.

Created: 02/12/2017 Last edited: 02/12/2017

 

Opposing climate change regulation

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Opposing guidelines to encourage climate change consideration in policy making (US Chamber website, 'Adding climate change to federal guidelines invites chaos' September 2016)

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With President Barack Obama's term ending, the business community is bracing for the predictably unpredictable rush of last-minute rules and regulations as he looks to further cement his legacy. In a surprise move, the White House recently finalized one such measure: new guidance to federal agencies calling for dramatically expanded consideration of climate change in the federal permitting process .[...] armed with the finalized NEPA guidance, groups fighting economic development have a new avenue to halt progress: climate change. The White House directive calls on agencies to consider and mitigate for (i.e. pay new fees for) all greenhouse gas emissions related to a proposed project - land clearing, construction, production, transporting, processing and use of project resources. [...] With respect to energy projects, this means agencies must account for greenhouse gas emissions far removed from the project or activity under review. Mining coal that will be transported to power plants in Asia? Producing natural gas for export to Europe? Not only are emissions from these activities infinitesimal on a global scale, but the guidance encourages agencies to undertake soup-to-nuts analyses of all project "connected" emissions. It is not inconceivable that future grazing projects will have to quantify and offset methane from … cow emissions.

Created: 29/11/2016 Last edited: 29/11/2016

 

Strongly opposing climate change regulation

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Supporting Trump Administration efforts to role back of various climate change regulations and advocating that congress support these efforts (US Chamber website, April 2017)

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Early on in his time in office, President Donald Trump has made great strides on energy. Unlike his predecessor who only paid lip service to embracing all of America’s energy abundance, President Trump is advancing policies he expects will “start a new energy revolution.” In Oil & Gas Financial Journal, Karen Harbert, president and CEO for the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy lists off some of President Trump’s accomplishments [...] initiating withdrawal of EPA's Clean Power Plan, reversing the Obama Administration moratorium on federal lands coal leasing, and repealing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidance aimed at making mitigation of upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions a condition of federal environmental permitting. [...]  advance permitting decisions for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines;rescind an EPA data-collection program on methane emissions for oil and gas facilities-a precursor to eventual regulation; [...] sign Congressional Review Act legislation repealing the Bureau of Land Management's anti-coal "Stream Protection Rule." [...] But Harbert notes Congress needs to lock in these gains: [...] When both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue work to unshackle America’s energy sector, good jobs, rising wages, and stronger economic growth will follow.

Created: 02/12/2017 Last edited: 02/12/2017

 

Opposing climate change regulation

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Opposing US Climate legislation and vowing to take legal action against US EPA (US Chamber of Commerce website, March 2016)

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During his annual State of American Business address on Thursday, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue pointed out that the Obama administration has “put business on notice that it’s going for broke on regulations and executive orders in 2016 - Congress and economic growth be damned.” He later cited recent remarks by the White House chief of staff that the president intends to hand down “audacious executive action throughout the course of the rest of the year.” [...] Donohue then served notice right back: America’s business community intends to fight back. [...] Donohue pointed to a number of regulatory battles coming down the pipe this year in Washington that the American business community will be watching closely. [...] On Environmental Protection Agency regulations: “One of the chief ways we’re going to push back on some regulations is through courtroom advocacy,” Donohue explained during the address. “You can be sure that our Litigation Center will be busier than ever in the final year of this administration. Our law firm is already challenging the so-called Clean Power Plan, the Waters of the U.S. rule, and the administration’s new ozone rule. There will be others.”

Created: 31/03/2017 Last edited: 02/01/2018

 

Not fully supporting the need for climate change regulation

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The Chamber appears to be supporting a market-based response to climate change rather than government regulation. (Association Website, 2019)

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The climate is changing and humans are contributing to these changes. We believe that there is much common ground on which all sides of this discussion could come together to address climate change with policies that are practical, flexible, predictable, and durable. We believe in a policy approach that acknowledges the costs of action and inaction and the competitiveness of the U.S. economy. The Chamber believes that an effective climate policy should: [...] Leverage the power of business. It will be largely up to the business community to develop, finance, build, and operate the solutions needed to power economic growth worldwide, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and build resilient, lower-carbon infrastructure. Thousands of businesses already are taking action in their own operations and along their value chains by investing in technology solutions and enhancing their efficiency.

Created: 23/04/2019 Last edited: 23/04/2019