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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Asks Court to Block EPA from Regulating Emissions

February 17, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, no surprise, is asking a federal court of appeals to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s ruling that greenhouse imagesgases pose a health risk that the agency could regulate under the Clean Air Act. The Chamber is leading the national campaign that includes the oil, natural gas, coal, and utility industry that believes doing nothing to limit carbon emissions is better than doing something. Stasis, the Chamber asserts, is a better move for the economy than regulating carbon and modernizing how America power itself.  In the face of ample evidence that securing environmental safety — Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Superfund, RCRA — produced vast environmental gains, the Chamber is convinced that regulating carbon will cost the economy more than leaving polluters to keep polluting.

“Today the Chamber is filing a formal petition indicating it will challenge EPA’s decision to trigger Clean Air Act regulation, based on lapses in EPA’s process in making that decision,” said Steven J. Law, general counsel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in a press release.

The Chamber’s stance on climate change has cost it several members recently, including PG&E, PMN, Exelon, Apple and Mohawk Fine Paper. Nike decided to abandon its seat on the Chamber’s board.

The statement closes by saying that “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations” – this despite the fact that this number was exposed as an exponential exaggeration last fall by Mother Jones.

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