Industry Says Green Is Bad for the Environment

We must destroy the environment in order to save it, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's new campaign against government oversight and what it calls "green tape." "We cannot mandate excessive reductions in greenhouse gases, fuel our future and apply green technologies if we don't address the green tape, excessive permitting requirements, and activist opposition," complained Chamber vice-president for environment, technology and regulator affairs William Kovacs. The Chamber's new campaign, called "Project No Project," includes a website, advertisements and social media outreach. It highlights "green projects" the Chamber claims have been stalled because of excessive regulations and pesky activists. Among the highlighted projects is the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada, which the Obama administration says it will abandon due to safety concerns. "All types of clean energy projects -- from renewables to nuclear to clean coal to natural gas -- find themselves mired in 'green tape,'" states one of the Chamber's campaign alerts.