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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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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.

21 hours 43 min 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.

1 day 20 hours ago
Letter

Today, the Chamber signed on to a coalition letter supporting H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which would limit agency rulemakings on the definition of Waters of the United States.

3 days 17 hours ago
Letter

This letter regarding appropriations priorities for the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill was sent to the Members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

3 days 18 hours ago
Report
Truth in Regulating cover

The Chamber's most recent study "Truth in Regulating" examines the economic justification the Environmental Protection Agency uses when it issues rules that cost $1 billion or more annually. The research reveals that in recent years EPA has obscured critical details about the specific pollutants a given rule would control, and how much it would actually cost to achieve that control. Regulatory "consumers" are prevented from seeing vital information about the product being "purchased."

2 weeks 2 days 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)

3 weeks 2 days ago