William Kovacs

"use of the Internet by extreme environmentalists and greater amounts of public disclosure law will create fear and allow the sabotage of industries."
Position: 
director of the Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs division
Biography: 

William L. Kovacs is responsible for environmental “advocacy” at the US Chamber of Commerce. He is not convinced rising levels of greenhouse gasses are causing global climate change. Under Kovacks, hired in 1988, the Chamber's anti-environmental work has become a core part of the organization.

According to the Chamber’s website:

"William Kovacs provides the overall direction, strategy, and management for the Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  

The Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division initiates and leads multidimensional, national issue campaigns on comprehensive energy legislation, complex environmental rulemakings, telecommunications reform, emerging technologies, and the systematic application of sound science to the federal regulatory process among others."

"Before joining the Chamber, Kovacs was director of worldwide legal affairs for Sunshine Makers, Inc., manufacturer of the Simple Green line of nontoxic cleaning products. Previously, he held the position of partner in several Washington, D.C., law firms where his practice focused on environmental law.

In government service, Kovacs served as vice chairman and chairman of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Hazardous Waste Facilities Siting Board, as chief counsel and staff director for the House Subcommittee on Transportation and Commerce, and as legislative director and counsel for a member of Congress.

During his tenure as chief counsel, Kovacs was the primary counsel on two landmark laws that were enacted in a single session of Congress: the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the primary federal law that regulates solid and hazardous waste; and the Rail Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act, which reorganized the bankrupt Penn Central Railroad into Conrail, the largest corporate reorganization in the United States at that time."

source: U.S Chamber of Commerce

 

1972, Pennsylvania; 1973, District of Columbia; 1983, Virginia Education University of Scranton, B.S.; The Ohio State University, J.D

Bill Kovacs has a law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law and abachelor of science degree from the University of Scranton, magna cum laude.

Quotes: 

"Once again, EPA is overstepping its bounds to attack the coal industry, and it is ignoring the adverse employment impacts on the nation’s construction industries”

Platts

"The biggest threat to plastics and chemicals, and perhaps all industry, is the ability for anyone to disseminate incorrect information cheaply to the entire world...use of the Internet by extreme environmentalists and greater amounts of public disclosure law will create fear and allow the sabotage of industries."

Australian Broadcast Company

"Before the Civil War, (battlegrounds) like Antietam and Gettysburg were mostly unheard of...now the fight for a sensible energy policy is being fought on the same scale in places like the Port of Morrow and Longview."

Reuters

“While there is a scientific consensus that greenhouse gas concentrations have increased, the consequences of this and best means of addressing it are both still the subject of a vigorous debate."

Yale 360

“It would be the science of climate change on trial” (In reference to his demand that EPA conduct a trial of climate scence.)

Yale 360

"They don't have the science to support the endangerment finding,"

New York Times

Evidence: 

Bill Kovacs created and controls a Chamber funded PR effort called "Project No Project," which attacks environmental regulations and opposition to the oil and gas industry. According to the projects website:

"Project No Project assesses the broad range of energy projects that are being stalled, stopped, or outright killed nationwide due to “Not In My Back Yard” (NIMBY) activism, a broken permitting process and a system that allows limitless challenges by opponents of development."

Bill Kovacs is actively fighting against environmental impact studies of proposed coal export terminals on the Pacific Coast. In June of 2012, Kovacs wrote a letter asking the Army Corps to ignore calls for a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, which he considers ““excessive environmental review.” He has compared community opposition to coal export terminals to major battles in the civil war.

Kovacks has demanded the EPA conduct a "Scopes Monkey Trial" on the science of climate change.

Bill Kovacs is also the head of the Consumer Energy Alliance, a corporate front-group for anti-environmentalism.