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.

Projects and Programs

Recent Activity

LetterJan 15, 2019 - 3:30pm

Nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of the EPA

This letter was sent to the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, supporting the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Press ReleaseDec 18, 2018 - 8:45am

New Analysis Demonstrates Massive Costs of “Keep It In the Ground” Anti-Energy Movement

A new report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Energy Institute (GEI) found that the anti-energy “Keep it in the Ground” (KIITG) movement has prevented at least $91.9 billion in domestic economic activity and eliminated nearly 730,000 job opportunities.

Press ReleaseDec 11, 2018 - 11:30am

U.S. Chamber’s Harbert Praises New Water Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Energy Institute President & CEO Karen Harbert issued the following statement regarding a new proposed rule revising the definition of “Waters of the United States (WOTUS)”:

Above the FoldDec 07, 2018 - 9:30am
A 'Sale' sign at a Sears store in Jersey City, NJ.

Ignoring the Price of Our Mistakes

155,000 jobs were created in November. The unemployment rate is 3.7%.

Litigation UpdateNov 27, 2018 - 10:00am

U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Weyerhaeuser in challenge to government’s designation of private land as “critical” habitat under the Endangered Species Act

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Weyerhaeuser in a case concerning whether the government could designate private land in Louisiana as “critical habitat” for an endangered species—the “dusky gopher frog”—even though the land is not currently habitat (we understand no frogs have lived there since 1965) and apparently could not be habitat without significant alteration.  

CommentNov 15, 2018 - 10:00am

US Chamber Comments-A Working Approach for Identifying Potential Candidate Chemicals for Prioritization

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce submits these comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) in response to its publication of the document, “A Working Approach for Identifying Potential Candidate Chemicals for Prioritization” (White Paper).1 The Chamber generally supports EPA’s efforts to prescribe approaches for identifying existing chemicals as potential candidates for prioritization, but urges EPA to reexamine a number of deficiencies included in the White Paper...

CommentSep 25, 2018 - 9:45am

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revision of the Regulations for Prohibitions to Threatened Wildlife and Plants, 83 Fed. Reg. 35,174 (July 25, 2018); Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0007

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce submits these comments in support of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) proposed revisions to regulations extending to threatened species most of the prohibitions for activities involving endangered species.1 The Chamber recognizes the need to protect species threatened with extinction, but urges the FWS to avoid unnecessary impediments to land and natural resources development. FWS can accomplish this by using sound science and tailored section 4(d) rules to balance endangered species protection with property rights and compliance costs when listing species and designating critical habitat.

CommentSep 25, 2018 - 9:45am

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revision of Regulations for Interagency Cooperation, 83 Fed. Reg. 35,178 (July 25, 2018); Docket No. FWS-HQES-2018-0009

CH A M B E R O F CO M M E R C E O F T H E UN I T E D ST A T E S O F AM E R I C A 1615 H ST R E E T, NW WA S H I N G T O N, DC 20062 ( 2 0 2 ) 463-5310 September 24, 2018 VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

CommentSep 25, 2018 - 9:45am

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revision of the Regulations for Listing Species and Designating Critical Habitat, 83 Fed. Reg. 35,193 (July 25, 2018); Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0006

CH A M B E R O F CO M M E R C E O F T H E UN I T E D ST A T E S O F AM E R I C A 1615 H ST R E E T, NW WA S H I N G T O N, DC 20062 ( 2 0 2 ) 463-5310 September 24, 2018 VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

Sep 12, 2018 - 4:00pm
Forest in Millsfield, NH.

Business Community Leadership is Critical for a Healthy Environment

Companies are increasingly aware of the need to compete based on the efficiency of their resource use.