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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E.g., 01/24/2017
E.g., 01/24/2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, issued the following statement today regarding President Trump’s announced Executive Orders on accelerating infrastructure:

“For too long, private infrastructure investment has been held hostage by government interference driven by fringe interests. Today’s Executive Orders on the Dakota Access pipeline and Keystone XL pipeline demonstrate that we finally have an administration that is serious about putting American energy to work for the entire economy.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 12:15pm
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.

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 3:30pm
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

TO: Mr. James Jones
Assistant Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Attn: 7101M
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460-0001

RE: Request for Nominations: Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (81 Fed. Reg. 89092) (December 9, 2016); Docket No. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0713

Mr. Jones:

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 12:15pm
Letter

Dear Vice President-Elect Pence:

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 10:15am
Comment

TO: Christopher Lieske
Office of Transportation and Air Quality
Assessment and Standards Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2000 Traverwood Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Submitted electronically to www.regulations.gov

RE: Comments on EPA’s Proposed Determination on the Appropriateness of the Model Year 2022-2025 Light Duty Vehicle GHG Emissions Standards under the Midterm Evaluation (81 Fed. Reg. 87927) (December 6, 2016) Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0827-5937

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 4:45pm