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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.

Recent Activity

ReportNov 17, 2017 - 3:30pm

Sue and Settle: Regulating Behind Closed Doors

"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.

Above the FoldNov 13, 2017 - 9:00am
Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act

Clearing the Way for Energy Innovators

The U.S. Chamber applauds EPA Administrator Pruitt's rollback of two rules that hovered ominously over key industries for far too long.

Issue BriefNov 13, 2017 - 9:00am

Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards

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.

LetterNov 09, 2017 - 2:30pm

Coalition Letter to Senate on Confirmation of EPA Deputy and Assistant Administrator Nominees

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Schumer:

LetterNov 07, 2017 - 3:00pm

Hill Letter to Senate EPW Supporting Confirmation of EPA Deputy Administrator Nominee

Dear Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Carper: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”). We look forward to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee advancing his nomination to the full Senate for confirmation.

Comment to RegulatorsNov 07, 2017 - 3:00pm

Comments to EPA on Proposal to Withdraw Proposed Determination on Pebble Mine

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING To: The Honorable Scott PruittAdministratorU.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.Washington, DC 20460 Re: Withdrawal of the Proposed Determination for the Pebble Mine in Alaska (EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369)

Op EdOct 30, 2017 - 12:00pm

Op-Ed: Clean Power Plan was the wrong answer

By Karen Harbert, President and CEO, Global Energy Institute The Clean Power Plan was the wrong answer to a real concern.

Issue BriefOct 19, 2017 - 2:00pm

Climate Change

Climate change is a serious challenge that needs to be addressed through thoughtful policies that will have a meaningful impact. The best solutions are going to come from the private sector—or the private sector working together with government.

Press ReleaseSep 28, 2017 - 10:15am

New Report: U.S. Energy Security Continues to Improve

The 2017 edition of Global Energy Institute’s Index of U.S. Energy Security Risk finds that U.S. energy security is continuing to rapidly improve to one of the best scores in decades, after hitting bottom just five years ago.

Comment to RegulatorsSep 27, 2017 - 3:30pm

WAC Coalition Comments to EPA and USACE on Proposed Repeal of 2015 Clean Water Rule (WOTUS)

Comments of the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC) on the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Proposed Repeal of 2015 Clean Water Rule and Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203 I. Introduction