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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

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E.g., 06/28/2015
E.g., 06/28/2015
Letter

This letter commending the introduction of S. 1425, the "Promoting New Manufacturing Act," was sent to Sen. Capito and the Members of the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

2 days 3 hours ago
Letter

This letter regarding the FY16 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill was sent to the Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

1 week 2 days ago
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.

2 weeks 1 hour ago
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.--U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for the Environment, Technology and Regulatory Affairs William Kovacs issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan passage of H.R. 1731, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act:

2 weeks 1 day ago
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

TO: Regulatory Affairs Division
Office of Chief Counsel
Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS
8NE, 500 C Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20472-3100

RE: Docket No. FEMA-2015-0006: Proposed Revised Guidelines for Implementing Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management, as Revised Through the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard; Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 24 (Thursday, February 5, 2015)

3 weeks 1 day ago