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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.  



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Above the Fold

As President Obama begins talks with world leaders in Paris on a proposed climate change agreement, it is critically important that any agreement be thoroughly examined to determine whether it is fair to American workers, families, and businesses whose jobs and livelihoods depend on secure, affordable energy.

6 hours 37 min ago

Yesterday, the Chamber signed onto the attached coalition letter to Congress supporting S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, and H.R 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act regarding the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

1 week 5 days ago

This morning Steve Eule will be testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing entitled, “ Examining the International Climate Negotiations.” Attached is his written testimony provided to the Committee.

1 week 5 days ago

This letter supporting H.J. Res. 71 and H.J. Res. 72, resolutions of disapproval of the EPA’s NSPS and ESPS rules, was sent to all Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

1 week 6 days ago

This Key Vote Alert! letter supporting S.J. Res. 23 and S.J. Res. 24, respectively regarding disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to prohibit EPA regulations, was sent to all Members of the United States Senate.

1 week 6 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.

1 week 6 days ago

The signing organizations representing a broad section of the construction, real estate, mining, agriculture, transportation, forestry, manufacturing, and energy sectors write to express extreme disappointment with the November 3 vote against S. 1140, the bipartisan Barrasso-Donnelly “Federal Water Quality Protection Act,” by Senators King, Nelson, Kaine, Warner, Feinstein, Schatz, Coons, Carper, Tester, Bennet, and Klobuchar.

2 weeks 6 days ago

Over the past year, thousands of elected officials, community groups, employers, state agencies and other stakeholders urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to maintain the existing ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) of 75 parts per billion (ppb). These commenters highlighted the economic harm that would result from a lower ozone standard and that air quality has and will continue to improve without this regulation. Indeed, since 1980, ozone levels have decreased 33 percent and this trend will continue from investments and policies already in place.

3 weeks 3 days ago

We are writing letters to the next president to share our vision for the business community.

See our advice—and share yours—for the 45th president.