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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 modernize energy and infrastructure project permitting by coordinating the review process among stakeholders and establishing a timeframe for decision making.  

 

Timeline

The latest updates across all U.S. Chamber properties

E.g., 09/03/2015
E.g., 09/03/2015
Press Release

The National Black Chamber of Commerce, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today welcomed Pennsylvania community and business leaders to a public symposium discussing the potential employment and economic impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed ground-level ozone rule. This forum comes on the heels of EPA's announcement that Pittsburgh and Philadelphia failed to meet the 2008 ozone standard by the July 2015 deadline, but qualify for a one-year extension.

1 day 5 hours ago
Event

Industry experts and local leaders will discuss how proposed changes to national ozone standards could put local jobs at risk and limit opportunities for economic development in Pennsylvania.

1 day 6 hours ago
Above the Fold
Wyoming rancher, Andy Johnson. Photo credit: Pacific Legal Foundation.

Permitting costs will rise, and projects that would be viable under a more commonsense water rule will be abandoned.

2 days 8 hours ago
Above the Fold
Yellow water in the Animas River after EPA's Gold King Mine spill.

"A worst case scenario estimate could have been calculated and used for planning purposes" but wasn't, an internal investigation concluded.

6 days 4 hours ago
Press Release

Today in Columbus, the National Black Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Black Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce welcomed central Ohio community and business leaders to a public forum exploring the economic impact of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed ground-level ozone rule on Ohio's communities and economy. The EPA's proposal would reduce Ohio's Gross State Product by over $23 billion from 2017 to 2040, result in almost 23,000 jobs lost annually, cost each household $450 per year, and come with $840 million in compliance costs.

1 week 3 days ago

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