January 15, 2014 - In its first comprehensive energy plan in nearly six years, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 15 called for more oil and gas drilling, fewer restrictions on coal-fired power plants, expanded support for nuclear energy, phasing out renewable energy subsidies, and relaxed environmental regulations.
What is most notable about the 64-point policy document, however, is what went unmentioned: climate change. That stands in stark contrast to the U.S. Chamber's September 2008 energy report, which recommended, among other things, reducing the environmental impact of energy consumption, investing in climate science and demonstrating global leadership on climate change.
Asked at a forum on the "Energy Works for US" plan why the U.S. Chamber's energy priorities no longer include addressing the growing problem, Karen Harbert, president and CEO of its Institute for 21st Century Energy, explained that "it is a different world in 2014 than it [was] in 2008: We are dealing from a hand of strength." read more>>>