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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Add your name to fight back against the harmful regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Above the Fold
Illustration of people running away from a red tape avalanche.
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In recent years, Washington has unleashed a relentless torrent of burdensome and costly regulations.

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 9:00am
Testimony

Thomas Sullivan's testimony before the House Energy & Commerce Environment Subcommittee hearing, "Modernizing Environmental Laws: Challenges and Opportunities for Expanding Infrastructure and Promoting Development and Manufacturing.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 10:00am
Comment

TO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

RE: Comments of the NAAQS Implementation Coalition of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's "Implementation of the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone: Nonattainment Area Classifications and State Implementation Plan Requirements: Proposed Rule"; 81 Fed. Reg. 81276 (Nov. 17, 2016); Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0202.

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:45am
Report

"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.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 3:30pm
Letter

This Key Vote Alert! letter supporting H.J. Res. 44, to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 rule, was sent to all Members of Congress.

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 4:15pm
Letter

Dear Secretary Chao,

Congratulations on your confirmation as Secretary of the Department of Transportation. Given the focus of President Trump and his administration on eliminating and controlling excessive regulations, the organizations below wish to bring to your attention a particularly egregious case of regulatory overreach advanced in the final days of the prior administration, which many of the undersigned groups raised during the notice and comment process.

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 3:00pm
Letter

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges you to support H.J. Res. 36, which would undo the Bureau of Land Management’s rule related to methane production. The Chamber will consider including votes on or related to this legislation in our annual How They Voted scorecard.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 5:30pm
Letter

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS:

As business leaders representing diverse geographic regions and economic interests, we write to encourage your support for expedited passage of a joint Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to eliminate the Bureau of Land Management’s “venting and flaring” regulation.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 5:30pm
Letter

This coalition letter supporting the resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act of the stream protection rule was sent to all Members of the United States Congress.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 11:00am