Chamber of Commerce to Obama Administration: Bright Future for U.S. Energy Requires ‘Government Getting Out of the Way’

February 2, 2011 07:16

Harbert said the Obama administration’s five-year energy plan does not increase domestic production and could even hinder it.

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Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, said this work requires the “government getting out of the way so investments can be made and revenue can be generated” by the private sector.

“The point of this plan is to recognize our economic reality,” Harbert said. “And it is not to spend a whole lot of new taxpayers’ dollars.

The plan also warns against the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act to shut down the development of domestic energy and, in turn, the elimination of new jobs that could come with the development.


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