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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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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.

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Comment

TO: Neil Kornze
U.S. Department of the Interior
Director (630), Bureau of Land Management
Mail Stop 2134 LM
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240
Attention: 1004-AE14

RE: Docket No. 1004-AE14: 43 CFR Parts 3100, 3160, and 3170 Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation; 81 Fed. Reg. 6616 (Monday, February 8, 2016)

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Letter

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to all members of the United States Senate in support of Sen. Hoeven’s Amendment No. 3811, which would prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA from using funds to implement or enforce the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

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Letter

This letter was sent to the members of the Senate highlighting the Chamber’s funding priorities for H.R. 2028, the “Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016.”

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Press Release

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten issued the following statement today regarding Senate passage of S. 2012, the “Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015”:

“We applaud the Senate for working across the aisle to modernize American energy policy. On the heels of successfully lifting the 40-year-old oil export ban, it’s refreshing to see Congress operate and pass legislation that keep up with the realities of our 21st Century energy sector and economy...

1 week 6 days ago
Letter

This letter was sent to the members of the House Appropriations Committee regarding the Chamber’s funding priorities for the FY17 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

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Letter

Today, the Chamber signed onto a multi-association letter to Congress, including over 200 business and industry associations, supporting H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act. In addition to the U.S. Chamber, 34 state chambers signed on to the letter with a total of 75 local and state chambers supporting the effort.

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Press Release

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Environment, Technology, & Regulatory Affairs William Kovacs issued the following statement today regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) findings related to its regulation of mercury from power plants...

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