Energy, Clean Air & Natural Resources Committee

This committee develops and maintains Chamber policy on all aspects of energy, clean air, and natural resources. 

Chairman: Kathy Beckett, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Staff Executive: Joseph Johnson, Executive Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

About the Committee

The Energy, Clean Air, & Natural Resources Committee develops and maintains Chamber policy on all aspects of energy, clean air, and natural resources.  Specifically, it is responsible for developing policies concerning the regulation of domestic energy markets, air, natural resources, and climate change to ensure that laws and regulations are reasonable, based on sound science and the best data available, consider actual health risks, and avoid unnecessary burdens on energy supplies and the economy.  The committee works to promote legal and regulatory reforms and other safeguards against regulatory abuses by administrative agencies.

Read more about the Chamber’s 2017 priorities and 2016 accomplishments.

Recent Activity

LetterDec 11, 2017 - 4:15pm

Hill Letter to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on FAST-41 Permit Streamlining

Dear Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauds you for conducting a hearing to examine the permitting processes at Department of Interior (DOI) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for energy and resource infrastructure projects.

Issue BriefNov 13, 2017 - 9:00am

Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards

The National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone is an outdoor air regulation established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act. Ground-level ozone is a gas that occurs both naturally and forms due to chemical reactions between nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, which are emitted from industrial facilities, power plants, vehicle exhaust, and chemical solvents.

Above the FoldAug 29, 2017 - 3:00pm
Power lines course through the hills east of San Francisco Bay

An Important, if Unsurprising, Study on our Electricity Grid from DOE

Earlier this year, the Secretary of Energy requested a report from the Department examining the nation’s electricity grid.

Above the FoldAug 22, 2017 - 12:00pm
Natural Gas Fracking near Farmington, NM, in an area that is plentiful with natural gas. Fracking is a common practice in this area.

The Natural Gas Export Boom

We continue to produce a lot of natural gas from the shale boom.

LetterJul 18, 2017 - 9:45am

Multi-Association Letter to Congress Supporting H.R. 806 and S. 263, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Speaker Ryan, and Minority Leaders Schumer and Pelosi:

LetterJul 17, 2017 - 5:30pm

Key Vote Letter to House Supporting H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act


CommentJul 14, 2017 - 11:15am

Comments to DOE on Request for Information on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

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LetterJun 27, 2017 - 4:00pm

Hill Letter to House Energy and Commerce Supporting H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act

Dear Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Pallone:  

LetterJun 22, 2017 - 5:15pm

Multi-Association letter to House Energy and Commerce Supporting H.R. 2910

Dear Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Pallone: The undersigned associations are writing to express our support for H.R. 2910, legislation introduced by Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) to improve interagency coordination in the review of proposed natural gas pipelines. The legislation is scheduled for consideration by the Energy Subcommittee on June 22 and has our united support.