For more than a decade, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has asserted that the climate is changing, humans are contributing to these changes, and inaction is not an option.
American businesses are playing an essential role in addressing the threats posed by climate change, and the business community is an essential partner in the development of sound policies that protect our planet.
The Chamber’s members are already developing, financing, building, and operating the innovative solutions needed to effectively reduce emissions, combat climate change, and meet rising energy demands. We support market-based solutions to reduce emissions and support U.S. competitiveness, national security, and American workers.
Here are some key details of our work.
The Chamber is actively engaged in solutions that combat climate change.
- Mobilized business community support for the 2020 passage of the Energy Act, ensuring it contained innovation-focused measures that addressed climate change, promoted American technological leadership, and fostered continued economic growth.
- Played a leading role in the passing of bipartisan legislation to implement a phase down of hydrofluorocarbons, which will have a major direct impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Called for direct regulations on methane emissions from oil and gas operations, worked with Congress to help improve pre-disaster mitigation and resilience policies, and supported legislation that would mobilize private capital to promote carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration technologies.
- Engaged in congressional discussions around using a Clean Electricity Standard approach for reducing domestic greenhouse gas emissions.
- Supports bipartisan infrastructure legislation that would provide $100 billion to advance efforts to decarbonize the economy, leading a coalition of more than 300 business, environmental, and labor organizations in support of the bill.
- Supported the Biden administration’s decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and is an official observer to the U.N. Conference of the Parties climate negotiations in Scotland.
Chamber members are engaged in determining the best approaches to counter climate change and agree that inaction is not an option.
- The Chamber is committed to representing its diverse membership in addressing climate change and advancing economic prosperity. The Chamber evaluates and engages on climate change policy approaches that acknowledge the cost of inaction and the competitiveness of the U.S. economy.
- The Chamber is focused on finding durable solutions that leverage innovation and the strength of American business, including market-based mechanisms to drive down emissions.
- Chamber members are demonstrating that significant progress is not only possible, but also already underway.
Combating climate change requires citizens, governments, and businesses to work together. Inaction is not an option, and the Chamber continues to advance solutions that leverage the innovation and the strength of American business to find durable solutions that improve our environment, grow our economy, and leave the world better for generations to come.
But just because we share a common goal, that does not mean we agree on every proposed solution. The Chamber has long believed that we can address climate change and support economic growth, job creation, and American competitiveness.