The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is releasing in-depth “Competing to Win” policy papers to equip Congress and the Trump administration with blueprints for delivering on manufacturers’ priorities. Today’s release is the seventh in the series and focuses on the environment. For more on the NAM’s “12 Days of Transition,” follow @ShopfloorNAM.
Voters asked for change in 2016, and they are going to get it. Environmental policy is no exception, as the president-elect and congressional leaders have pledged to shift course on many of the regulations put in place by the outgoing administration. We’re going to have to wait until January 20 to see how they will do it, but I think it’s safe to say the Clean Power Plan, the Waters of the U.S. regulation and many of the Environmental Protection Agency’s most hotly-contested policies are due for a revamp.
One of the most frequent questions I am getting from manufacturers and their employees is what the scope of these regulatory rollbacks will be and what they will mean for overall environmental protection and manufacturers’ strong commitment to sustainability. We’ve made no secret of our distaste for the growing regulatory burden on manufacturers; the average manufacturer spends $10,497 per employee just to comply with environmental regulations, and small manufacturers spend double that amount. But we also want to improve the environment, economic performance and the social well-being of the employees, communities, customers and consumers we serve. We just want to do it in a way that fosters innovations instead of the overly prescriptive regulations that have created roadblocks and uncertainty in recent years. Regulation done wrong actually harms how rapidly we can achieve our environmental goals.
The NAM is excited to share with President-elect Donald Trump and congressional leaders “Competing to Win: Sustainability and the Environment,” the NAM’s aggressive plan of action to improve the environment for all.
This is, perhaps, a different paper than you might have been expecting from us. We haven’t always seen eye-to-eye with the Obama administration on how best to confront climate change, protect air and water, limit waste, conserve resources and protect biodiversity. But let me be abundantly clear: manufacturers are absolutely committed to confronting climate issues, protecting air and water, limiting waste, conserving resources and protecting biodiversity. We’ve been doing it for decades and getting results. It’s in our DNA. And we want the federal government to work with us, not against us, to drive a more sustainable future for the United States and the world.
- This plan sets forth concrete steps manufacturers hope our leaders will take to foster new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address global climate change, so manufacturers can be the solution here and around the world.
- Our plan sets forth recommendations to strengthen stewardship of water resources and foster local, state and federal cooperation.
- Finally, our plan sets forth proposals to create more balanced, effective regulations and modernize outdated environmental laws to better address 21st-century environmental challenges.
Now is the time to think big, and that’s what we’re doing—as part of our ongoing effort to be the solution. The election did not make our environmental challenges disappear, and we’re not about to pretend that it did. Manufacturers have embraced sustainability because it’s good business and it’s the right thing to do. We’re confident our leaders in Washington will agree.
To view the blueprint, click here.
This blog is part of the NAM’s “12 Days of Transition” series, an effort to provide the presidential transition team and other Washington policymakers with a roadmap to bolster manufacturing in the United States. Read the other blogs in the series here.