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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., 07/01/2015
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 9 hours ago
Testimony

Steve Eule's submitted testimony for House Science Subcommittees on Energy and Environment joint hearing on EIA's report analyzing the impacts of EPA's CPP regulation.

1 week 7 hours ago
Letter

The Chamber signed onto a multi-association letter to the President of the United States urging him to instruct EPA to retain the current ozone standard. One hundred national and state trade associations were signatories. The letter was sent in conjunction with the President's speech at the U.S. Conference of Mayors over the weekend.

1 week 5 days ago