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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 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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Timeline

The latest updates across all U.S. Chamber properties

E.g., 06/30/2016
E.g., 06/30/2016
Letter

This letter regarding the FY17 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill was sent to the Members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.

5 days 22 hours ago
Letter

This letter regarding H.R. 5055, the "Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017,” was sent to all Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

6 days 3 hours ago
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

TO: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Public Comments Processing
Attn: FWS–HQ–ES–2015–0016
MS: BPHC
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803

RE: Comments on Proposed Rule for Revisions to the Regulations for Petitions for Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants under Section 4(b)(3) of the Endangered Species Act (81 Fed. Reg. 23448) (April 2

6 days 23 hours ago
Letter

This Key Vote Alert! letter supporting the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” was sent to all Members of the United States Congress.

1 week 4 hours ago
Press Release

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten issued the following statement lauding Congressional compromise on legislation reforming the “Toxic Substances Control Act”...

1 week 4 days ago
Letter

This letter was sent to the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in support of H.R. 4775, the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016,” which the Committee is marking up tomorrow morning.

1 week 5 days ago
Letter

This letter was sent to the members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in support of S. 2446, the “Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2016,” which the Committee is marking up tomorrow morning.

1 week 6 days ago
Event
CCC 2016 Sustainability Forum banner

The event will convene thought leaders and practitioners from business, government, academia, nonprofit organizations and other stakeholder groups to explore opportunities and best practices for unlocking the value of the circular economy, and accelerating scalable solutions across global supply chains.

2 weeks 2 hours ago
Comment

TO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Attention: Docket ID No. EPA–HQ-OEM-2015-0725
Mr. James Belke & Ms. Kathy Franklin
Office of Land and Emergency Management
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Mail Code 5104A
Washington D.C. 20460

RE: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act, Proposed Rule, Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OEM-2015-0725, 81 Fed. Reg. 13,638 (Mar. 14, 2016)

2 weeks 3 days ago
Issue Brief

Given the trillions of dollars in trade and investment across the Atlantic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its members have a critical interest in the success of the EU’s efforts to boost growth and competitiveness. An energy policy that respects both economic and environmental objectives through increased transatlantic cooperation in energy security, energy trade, and the mutual development of new technologies through joint research should be central to that effort.

3 weeks 5 days ago