Tuesday, January 11, 2011

US Chamber of Commerce continues its legacy of opposing environmental progress

It is disappointing, but not a shock, that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has assailed federal regulations in its annual address. Please note below.

For many years, the Chamber of Commerce has been a force opposed to public health and environmental progress. It puts political ideology above the facts. It ignores the historic record that clean-air controls create jobs.

(It seems like only yesterday – and this was 1976, mind you -- that I was watching a Chamber lobbyist unveil what people called “meatball maps” – a map of the United States with giant red circles all over it. The Chamber claimed then that the Clean Air Act would prevent economic development in these red areas – basically, throughout the nation. The Chamber was wrong then, and it is wrong now.)

We hope and trust that President Obama will not fall for the Chamber’s reactionary approach.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 11, 2011

Contact: Tita Freeman 202-463-5682

U.S. Chamber President Looks Toward an

Improving Economy, Promotes Plan to Spur Job Creation

In Annual State of American Business Address, Donohue Outlines

How to Turn Economic Recovery Into a Jobs Recovery

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In his annual State of American Business address, U.S. Chamber

of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue was cautiously optimistic about

the state of the economy and outlined a four-point plan to put jobless

Americans back to work.

... “We face an array of potentially serious risks that at any moment could send us

back in the wrong direction,” Donohue continued. His speech outlined four

immediate priorities that the Chamber will address to boost America’s

competitiveness in the global economy:

1. Regulatory restraint and reform—Work to reform the regulatory process—to

restore some badly needed balance, restraint, and common sense. We will

also stand up a new group to tell the story to the American people about

the massive costs of excessive regulations on jobs and their personal and

economic freedom…

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