Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Updates: Chamber of Commerce launches new scare campaign, and more

What would a return to Congress be without a new scare campaign by the US Chamber of Commerce, whose board of directors includes such folks as Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers as well as officials from Southern Company, Consol Energy, PNM Resources, Peabody Energy, and Chrysler, among other rogues? http://www.uschamber.com/about/board/all.htm

And there they go again! (See below.)

This is a continuation of the chamber’s ugly scare tactics. This is aimed at scaring Congress into repealing EPA authority to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Executives from some of the companies noted above claim they care about global warming and want to do something about it. (You will recall, of course, that the chamber actively opposed efforts in Congress to limit greenhouse gas emissions.)

Well, what would DC be without hypocrisy?

Care to CAIR? Senators Tom Carper of Delaware and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee will host a roundtable this Thursday, Sept. 11 on strategies and options for Congress in dealing with multi-pollutant legislation. They also plan to discuss what action Congress should take in the near term to deal with the demise of the so-called Clean Air Interstate Rule. There are VERY few working days left in Congress. As you know, there are various competing plans, including one being shopped by the White House.


Scientific Scrutiny: EPA has appointed a new chair of its independent clean air science advisory committee – Dr. Jonathan Samet, currently with the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Samet is a very respected scientist. He replaces Rogene Henderson, chair of the scientific panel the past four years, who has been sharply critical of some decidedly un-scientific decisions by EPA Administrator Steve Johnson. Her term is expiring.

From: U.S. Chamber of Commerce [mailto:hill_letters@uschamber.com] Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 11:46 AMSubject: U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to regulate greenhouse gases under the existing Clean Air Act (CAA)

Chamber of Commerce OF THE United States of America

R. Bruce JostenExecutive Vice PresidentGovernment Affairs

1615 H Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20062-2000202/463-5310
September 9, 2008
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region, strongly opposes the options set forth in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to regulate greenhouse gases under the existing Clean Air Act (CAA). Last month, the Chamber urged Congress to enact legislation preventing the trigger of CAA regulation, and Representative Blackburn recently introduced H.R. 6666 to accomplish this goal. Over the next month, the Chamber will educate members of Congress and the public about the different options EPA is weighing and the impact those options would have on businesses, should EPA continue down its path of regulation. Starting today, the Chamber will transmit daily summaries of the methods EPA believes it can use to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trucks, planes, trains, boats, office buildings, refineries, pipelines, boilers, landfills, manufacturing plants, tractors, lawnmowers, motorcycles, schools, hospitals, breweries, bakeries, farms, and countless other sources, as well as radical new standards for the design and operation of those sources. The first of these daily summaries is attached. The Chamber urges Congress to enact legislation prohibiting EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Sincerely, R. Bruce Josten

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