Coalition for American Jobs

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The Coalition for American Jobs is a front group for businesses that campaigns against EPA regulation of greenhouse gases. [1]


The group does not reveal its funders or corporate members. However, an investigation by the Annenberg Public Policy Center determined that the American Chemistry Council, American Petroleum Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Forest and Paper Association, and the National Association of Manufacturers are all members of the coalition.[2]


The Coalition has run several attack ads containing baseless or exaggerated claims about EPA regulations. In an ad run against President Obama in August 2011 the group claimed that anti-smog regulations that EPA has delayed implementing would threaten 7 million jobs and cost as much as $1 trillion a year to comply with. The figures were based on a study sponsored and paid for by the [[American Petroleum Institute and the National Association of Manufacturers. Economics Professor Richard B. Howarth of Dartmouth College determined that the study was "fundamentally flawed" and "scientifically unsound." The study also ignored the effects on public health of the rule, which some studies estimated to be quite large. EPA projections estimated that the regulation could result in between 4,000 and 12,000 fewer premature deaths each year, 2.1 million fewer lost schools days, 21,000 fewer emergency room visits, and 420,000 fewer lost workdays. [2]


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