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Do ‘Sue and Settle’ Policies Work Against Industry? EPA Chief Pruitt Thinks So

Do ‘Sue and Settle’ Policies Work Against Industry? EPA Chief Pruitt Thinks So

Environmental Protection Administrators Scott Pruitt says that he is ending the practice of regulation through litigation, which he describes as “sue and settle” — or policies that are brought about because of lawsuits that may fall outside the parameters of the intended laws.

New Research Says Reducing Ozone Levels Produces Medical Benefits But Manufacturers Say the Rules Are Inflexible

New Research Says Reducing Ozone Levels Produces Medical Benefits But Manufacturers Say the Rules Are Inflexible

Researchers at the University of Chicago say that rules affecting smog-forming ozone that went into effect on October 1 will save billions in medical costs each year. Manufacturers counter, however, that the rules are too rigid and need to be rewritten.

EPA to Publish Proposed Guidelines Clarifying Waters of the United States Rule

EPA to Publish Proposed Guidelines Clarifying Waters of the United States Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is about to publish its proposed guidelines to clarify the Waters of the United States rule so that it mirrors the language used before 2015, which is when the Obama administration broadened the scope of the law.

Corporations Are Weighing the Costs and Benefits of the Global Climate Accord

Corporations Are Weighing the Costs and Benefits of the Global Climate Accord

President Trump’s ambivalence about whether the United States should take an active part in the global climate talks is giving an opening to certain groups to potentially undermine the accord. That’s according to a new analysis from Corporate Accountability International.

If Fracking is Banned, Expect Job Losses and Higher Business Prices

If Fracking is Banned, Expect Job Losses and Higher Business Prices

A new report by the Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy issued a report that examines the question of what if “fracking” were banned. It says that 14.5 million jobs would be lose by 2022 and that the cost of living would increase by $4,000 during that time.

Walmart Foundation, Target, US Chamber Foundation to Launch Circular Economy Pilot

The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with Resource Recycling Systems, Walmart, Target, Walgreens and Republic Services will launch a circular economy pilot project in January.

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Despite Clean Power Plan Lawsuit, Local Chambers Say Clean Energy Good for Business

Local chambers of commerce say their member businesses are benefiting from clean energy and have released a video series saying as much while the US Chamber of Commerce is fighting the Clean Power Plan in court.

gas flaring

Business Groups Attack Oil & Gas Flaring Rule

A new rule to reduce methane emissions by limiting venting and flaring from oil and gas operations on federal lands would “deprive manufacturers and other energy consumers of critical energy supplies, increase operating costs and threaten international competitiveness,” according to several business associations including the National Association of Manufacturers and … Read more »

How Walmart, IBM, Change Waste Streams to Profit Streams

How Walmart, IBM, Change Waste Streams to Profit Streams

If the 5,589 largest publicly traded companies in the US reduced their paper waste by a mere 1 percent, it would save them nearly $1 billion in total, according to the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation. A new study by the Foundation — the US Chamber’s research arm — says these … Read more »

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States, Industry Ask Supreme Court to Block Clean Power Plan

In another attempt to block the Clean Power Plan, 29 states and state agencies are urging the US Supreme Court to stop the carbon emissions rule for power plants from taking effect. The have been joined by 16 trade associations including the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association … Read more »

coal

Will US Coal Lease Moratorium Increase Manufacturing Costs?

The coal lease moratorium on federal lands and overhaul of the program, announced Friday by the Obama administration, was attacked by the fossil fuel industry as further proof of the war on coal and cheered by environmentalists as paving the way for a clean energy future. Its affect on businesses, … Read more »