We stand with every American seeking a cleaner, stronger environment—for today and tomorrow.
 

Our climate is changing and humans are contributing to these changes. Inaction is simply not an option.

Combating climate change will require citizens, government, and business to work together. American businesses play a vital role in creating innovative solutions to protect our planet.

A challenge of this magnitude requires collaboration, not confrontation, to advance the best ideas and policies. Together, we can forge solutions that improve our environment and grow our economy—leaving the world better for generations to come.

American Businesses Are Developing Innovative Solutions to Combat Climate Change

The business community is investing billions of dollars to create new technologies that use less energy and make the energy we do use cleaner.

Check out the videos below to see American innovation in action:

Government Agencies Have a Critical Role to Play Too

Combating climate change requires strategic government support – including robust federal programs that help companies develop and adopt commercially viable clean energy technologies.

To fuel the innovation pipeline, we must:

  • Increase funding for important programs at our national laboratories.

  • Invest in the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program.

Congress Must Take Bipartisan Action

Our nation’s lawmakers have an important role to play in combating climate change — and bipartisan collaboration is the best path forward. We support the following bills:

  • Clean Industrial Technology Act: Establish an emissions-reduction technology program for the industrial sector, which will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act: Advance CO2 utilization and direct air capture research, permitting and development.

  • Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act: Increase R&D in battery storage technologies to strengthen the electric grid amid the integration of renewables.

  • Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act: Improve the energy efficiency of industries and manufacturers, delivering energy security and environmental benefits.

  • The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA): Bolster America’s leadership in nuclear energy by facilitating the development of next-generation nuclear energy resources.

  • The Launching Energy Advancement and Development through Innovations for Natural Gas (LEADING) Act of 2019: Accelerate DOE’s research and development of commercially-viable carbon capture technologies for natural gas-fired electric generation facilities.

  • The American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2018: Replace hydroflourocarbons with more environmentally friendly technologies in accordance with the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

Global Cooperation will be Key

Climate change is a global challenge. We cannot solve this issue unilaterally.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement and is an official observer to the United Nations climate talks. We provide technical expertise and policy advice that only the business community can provide.

We’re working with business groups and many other stakeholders around the world to ensure that the voice of business is heard on a range of issues – from technology cooperation and intellectual property to trade policy and supply chains.

Convening. Learning. Advocating.

As part of our ongoing dialogue with members across every industry, the U.S. Chamber has launched a Member Task Force on Climate Action to help us better understand the range of mechanisms, innovations, and internal processes that businesses are employing to tackle climate change.

What we learn will help inform our approach to legislation and other policy proposals. The task force will be open to all Chamber member companies, state and local chambers, and member trade associations. Learn more.

We're in this together.