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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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, November 11, 2016 - 3:30pm
Above the Fold
The Animas River between Silverton and Durango, Colo. within 24 hours of the 2015 Gold King Mine waste water spill.

If a business would have accidentally polluted a river, the agency would've thrown the book at it.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 1:15pm
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

TO: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Public Comments Processing
Attn: FWS–HQ–ES–2015–0165
Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs
MS: BPHC
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803

RE: Comments on Draft Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Act Compensatory Mitigation Policy (81 Fed. Reg. 61032) (September 2, 2016), Docket No. FWS–HQ–ES–2015–0165; RIN 1018-BB72.

Dear Sir/Madam:

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 4:45pm
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL

RE: Comments of the NAAQS Implementation Coalition on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's "Revised Draft Guidance on Significant Impact Levels for Ozone and Fine Particles in Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permitting Program"

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 4:15pm
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

Rebecca Yoon
Office of Chief Counsel
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20590

Mike McCarthy
Air Resources Board
9480 Telstar Avenue, Suite 4
El Monte, CA 91731

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 3:45pm