U.S. Chamber Letter to the Senate Opposing S.J.Res.8, the Green New Deal

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 1:45pm

 

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE:

          The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges you to reject S.J.Res.8.  If crafted as truly implementable legislation, the Green New Deal would turn the American economy upside down, dramatically expand government, and substantially curtail free enterprise. 

          Specifically, S.J.Res.8 proposes to remake through government edict America’s industrial sectors by eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from all economic sectors in 10 years; a takeover of the healthcare system via a government-controlled single payer; a system of government-guaranteed – and presumably provided – housing; and government-guaranteed employment. All regardless of cost.

          The policies necessary to effect these goals are not just impractical and unwise, they are dangerous: reducing America’s future economic growth and lowering the standard of living for millions of Americans.

         Adoption of S.J.Res.8 would not move our nation any closer to addressing the very real challenges of climate change, including to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from human activity. We urge the Senate to work with the business community and other stakeholders on specific legislative proposals to improve technology, lower carbon emissions, and improve the resiliency of our infrastructure

          The Chamber urges you to reject S.J.Res.8.

     Sincerely,

     Neil L. Bradley