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Environment

The Chamber strongly supports continued environmental improvements, including sensible approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We believe that economic growth and environmental progress are not mutually exclusive goals. In fact, the United States is the only major country that has actually and substantially reduced its C02 emissions while continuing to grow our economy. To make further progress, we should be guided by what has already worked: gains in efficiency, new technologies, and the increased use of natural gas and renewable fuels.

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Our Position

A technology-based approach to environmental progress that focuses on becoming more energy efficient and lowering the cost of alternatives plays to America's strengths in innovation. Conversely, a heavy-handed regulatory approach that smothers the U.S. economy in massive costs, puts people out of work, and hands an economic advantage to U.S. competitors is not an effective or viable environmental strategy.    

The Chamber supports commonsense policies that balance environmental improvement with economic growth. We:

  • Support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a comprehensive legislative solution that does not harm the economy, recognizes that the problem is international in scope, and aggressively promotes new technologies and efficiency.
     
  • Champion efforts by industry to develop energy-efficient and low-emissions technologies and export them to the developing world, where the bulk of new greenhouse gas emissions are expected to occur.
     
  • Oppose EPA efforts to regulate greenhouse gases under the existing Clean Air Act.
     
  • Urge Congress and the executive branch to use the full $80 billion available to the Energy Savings Performance Contracts program, an energy-efficient retrofit program for federal buildings that requires virtually no up-front taxpayer cost but that has been drastically underutilized. 
     
  • Wish to revitalize the Endangered Species Act to improve success in recovering species, and promote cooperative partnerships between the federal government and landowners to reduce the law's burden on local economies.
     
  • Want to help implement newly-passed laws modernizing energy and infrastructure project permitting by coordinating the review process among stakeholders and establishing a timeframe for decision making.  

 

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Add your name to fight back against the harmful regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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E.g., 09/28/2016
E.g., 09/28/2016
Press Release

HOUSTON, TX—The second report in the Energy Institute’s Energy Accountability Series finds that America’s economy would be much weaker today if certain politicians and special interest groups had gotten their way and oil and natural gas resources had not been developed.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 9:00am
In the News

Washington Examiner
By Joseph Lawler 

None of President Obama's seven years in office has seen economic growth above 3 percent, and his final year will probably fall short, too.

Lame growth will be Obama's clearest and most damaging legacy, as far as business is concerned.

Report

What is Sue and Settle?

"Sue and Settle" refers to when a federal agency agrees to a settlement agreement, in a lawsuit from special interest groups, to create priorities and rules outside of the normal rulemaking process.  The agency intentionally relinquishes statutory discretion by committing to timelines and priorities that often realign agency duties.  These settlement agreements are negotiated behind closed doors with no participation from the public or affected parties.

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 3:30pm
Press Release

‘Energy Accountability Series’ Analyzes Impacts of Policy Proposals

DENVER—The first report in the Energy Institute’s Energy Accountability Series finds that proposals from Hillary Clinton and other politicians to ban oil, gas, and coal production on federal lands and waters would cost America hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in revenue.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:00am
Comment

TO: Federal Highway Administration

RE: Docket No. FHWA-2013-0054; National Performance Management Measures; Assessing Performance of the National Highway System, Freight Movement on the Interstate System, and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 4:45pm
Report
The Growing Burden of Unfunded EPA Mandates on the States report cover image

This new study from the U.S. Chamber, "The Growing Burden of Unfunded EPA Mandates on the States", describes how the relationship between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the states has devolved into a system where states are forced to implement more and more federal environmental programs with progressively less money from federal sources.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Comment

TO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Attention: Docket ID No. EPA–HQ-OAR-2015-0531
Mr. Christopher Werner & Ms. Rhea Jones
Office of Air and Radiation
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Mail Code 28221T
Washington D.C. 20460

RE: Protection of Visibility: Amendments to Requirements for State Plans, Proposed Rule, Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0531, 81 Fed. Reg. 26,942 (May 4, 2016)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 5:00pm