As the Obama administration begins to take action to rein in the emissions from the dirty energy industry, big business groups all over the country have announced that they aren’t willing to stop polluting without putting up a very serious fight.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Gas Association, and 74 other big business groups said that they are banding together to fight the administration’s forthcoming power plant standards that will require carbon capture technologies to be in place at all plants. According to The Hill, the groups said that they are planning “everything from lobbying to litigation” in order to fight the administration’s efforts.
These business groups say that they have seen “what Obama has done” to the coal industry, and fear that their industries could be targeted next. They are also fearful that too much emphasis is being put on developing renewable energy, as The Hill points out:
American Gas Association President Dave McCurdy, a former Democratic congressman from Oklahoma, said the coalition would need to protect a single-minded push toward renewable energy production.
As expected, politicians in Washington saw that the industry was pushing back, so they have jumped on the bandwagon.