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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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Report

What is Sue and Settle?

"Sue and Settle" refers to when a federal agency agrees to a settlement agreement, in a lawsuit from special interest groups, to create priorities and rules outside of the normal rulemaking process.  The agency intentionally relinquishes statutory discretion by committing to timelines and priorities that often realign agency duties.  These settlement agreements are negotiated behind closed doors with no participation from the public or affected parties.

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Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

TO: Mr. David Olson
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Attn: CECW-CO-R
441 G St NW
Washington, DC 20314-100

RE: Request for Extension of Public Comment Deadline, Reissuance and Modification of Nationwide Permits (81 Fed. Reg. 35816) (June 1, 2016); Docket No. COE-2015-0017
 

1 week 1 day ago
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

TO: Ms. Diana M. Eignor
Health and Ecological Criteria Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water, Office of Science and Technology
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, MC 4304T
Washington, DC 20460

RE: Comments on the Draft EPA-USGS Technical Report: Protecting Aquatic Life From Effects of Hydrologic Alteration (81 Fed. Reg. 10620) (Mar. 1, 2016) Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2015-0335; FRL-9943-13-OW

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. Ground-level ozone is a gas that 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.

2 weeks 3 days ago
Letter

These letters regarding the FY17 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill was sent to all Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, to all Members of the House Committee on Appropriations and to all Members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

2 weeks 3 days ago
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten issued the following statement today praising House passage of the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016”:

3 weeks 1 day ago
Letter

This Key Vote Alert! letter has been sent to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 4775, the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016.”

3 weeks 2 days ago
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.

1 month 1 week 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.

1 month 1 week 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

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