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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.  

 

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Event

The goal of the roundtable is to identify the nexus risks to businesses, and examine why and how leadership from the private sector is critical to successfully managing the trade-offs among water, food, and energy infrastructure for the benefit of society, business, and the environment.

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Issue Brief

The National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone is an outdoor air regulation established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act. Ozone is a naturally occurring gas composed of oxygen molecules. Ground-level ozone occurs both naturally and forms due to chemical reactions between nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, which are emitted from industrial facilities, power plants, vehicle exhaust, and chemical solvents.

21 hours 38 min ago
Comment

TO: Mr. Horst Greczmiel
Associate Director for NEPA Oversight
Council on Environmental Quality
722 Jackson Place, NW
Washington, D.C. 20503

RE: Revised Draft Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies Consideration of
Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews, 79
Fed. Reg. 77,802 (December 24, 2014)

1 day 23 hours ago
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING AND ELECTRONIC MAIL

TO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0699
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20460

RE: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0699
Comments on EPA’s December 2014 Proposed Revisions to National Ambient Air
Quality Standards for Ozone

1 week 2 days ago
Comment

TO: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC)
Mail code 28221T
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20460
via www.regulations.gov

RE: Comments on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone Proposed Rule; 79 Fed.
Reg. 75,234; Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2008–0699

1 week 3 days ago
Letter

This letter supporting S. 280, the “Federal Permitting Improvement Act of 2015,” was sent to all Members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 

3 weeks 2 days ago