Industrial Polluters Push Approps Committees To Kill Climate Rules

After killing climate legislation, a bevy of trade associations representing America’s global warming polluters wants Congressional appropriations committees to kill the Obama administration’s efforts to limit greenhouse pollution. In a letter acquired by the Wonk Room, 24 trade associations, led by the conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce, claim that the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules could destroy the struggling economy:

There is the very real prospect that investments by businesses across the entire economy — the investments that will drive economic recovery and job creation — will be delayed, curtailed or, even worse, cancelled.

These same arguments were used to oppose legislative climate policy, even though the groups now claim they oppose EPA rules to “give Congress the time necessary to consider the appropriate regulatory approach for those sources.”

Therefore, the lobbying groups ask Senate appropriations chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and ranking member Thad Cochran (R-MS) and House appropriations chairman David Obey (D-WI) and ranking member Jerry Lewis (R-CA) to support language to delay EPA regulation until after the 2012 elections. They point to bills introduced by the coal-fueled Democrats Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Rick Boucher (D-VA):

We urge you to support efforts to postpone EPA regulation of GHG emissions from all stationary sources through targeted amendments to relevant appropriations measures or legislation based on the Rahall/Boucher or Rockefeller bills.

The 24 trade associations that want to kill the green economy and dither as the world burns are:

American Chemistry CouncilAmerican Farm Bureau FederationAmerican Forest & Paper AssociationAmerican Frozen Food InstituteAmerican Petroleum InstituteAmerican Iron and Steel InstituteBall Clay Producers AssociationCropLife AmericaInternational Diatomite Producers AssociationIndustrial Minerals Association — North AmericaMissouri Forest Products AssociationNational Association of Chemical DistributorsNational Association of ManufacturersNational Association of Oilseed ProcessorsNational Association of Wholesaler-DistributorsNational Industrial Sand AssociationNational Lime AssociationNational Mining AssociationNational Petrochemical & Refiners AssociationSociety of Chemical Manufacturers and AffiliatesThe Aluminum AssociationThe Fertilizer InstituteTreated Wood CouncilU.S. Chamber of Commerce

Download the letter.


EnergyGuardian’s Ed Felker reports:

An aide to the Senate Appropriations Committee advised Senate offices by email that the Thursday meeting would draft only the Defense Department and legislative branch appropriations bills, and would not include the EPA, Interior Department and related agencies bill as originally scheduled.