US Chamber of Commerce

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Washington DC, United States

The US Chamber of Commerce (US Chamber) is active and persistent in its opposition to US climate change policy. Despite recognising that climate change is a “serious challenge”, throughout 2017 the US Chamber, particularly through President Tom Donahue, has vocally supported the roll back of numerous strands of Obama-era climate regulation in the US. In June 2017, US Chamber sponsored research was used by the Trump Administration to justify pulling out of the Paris Agreement. The Chamber has supported the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, having fought the rule with legal action throughout 2015-2016. In 2016, the organisation also opposed a proposed carbon tax. In 2017, the US Chamber directly called on policy makers to repeal methane emission regulation and has supported a review on vehicle fuel economy standards (which may lower these standards). Although in October 2017 the Chamber stated that it “has vigorously supported” renewable energy advancement, its website suggests continued opposition to renewable energy policy incentives, including in 2016, opposition to renewable provisions in the Clean Power Plan. The US Chamber continues to actively promote measures that will embed a high GHG emission intensive US energy mix; for example, between 2015-2017 it has continuously promoted legislative measures to aid increased offshore, Arctic, and non-conventional oil and gas production and, in 2017, continued to advocate for coal in the US power generation mix.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 0 -1 NA NS 0 NS NA NA
Climate Science Stance -1 0 NA NS NS -1 NA NA
Need for Climate Regulation -1 -1 NA -2 -2 -2 NA NA
UN Treaty Support -1 -1 NA -2 -2 -2 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation 1 NA NA NA NA NA NA NS
Carbon Tax NS -1 NA -2 -2 NS NA NA
Emissions Trading -2 -1 NA NS -2 NS NA NA
Energy Efficiency Standards 0 0 NA 0 1 NS NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation 0 -1 NA -2 0 NS NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix -1 -2 NA -1 -1 -2 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards -1 -1 NA -2 -2 -2 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 0 NA NA NA NA NA NA NS
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS