Rolling back environmental legislation

Relaxing environmental restrictions on business
Environmental rollbacks
In the EEC/EU generally, and the UK in particular, there has been reported a tendency to get rid of "red-tape" environment regulations which are restricting business and job growth. In the USA, the Republican Party is also pressuring government to free up commercial activities by "rolling back" certain areas of environmental protection legislation.

In 1998, Brazil declared a 10 year moratorium on environmental law enforcement. Companies that violate environmental legislation can sign a letter of commitment with an environmental agency, promising to bring their operations into compliance and be exempted from fines or other penalties for up to 5 years, renewable for another 5 years. The moratorium is retroactive, covering the entire six month period of enforcement of the Environmental Crimes Act (1998), which gave Brazil's environmental agency statutory authority to enforce environmental law for the first time since 1989. 4,000 fines were levied in Sao Paulo state alone since the passage of the Act. Companies responsible for some 20% of Brazil's GDP operate without environmental licenses.

By cutting real wages for two decades, by aggressively working to bust unions, by eliminating full-time jobs and, in their place, giving us part-time temporary jobs without medical or retirement benefits, corporations have created great insecurity among middle class people. Corporations have then used this insecurity as a lever to roll back environmental standards and regulations, and to deflect new environmental initiatives.
Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions