US Chamber of Commerce

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Washington DC, United States

The US Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) is a powerful and active opponent to meaningful regulation on climate change in the US. Despite releasing a new, nominally positive, high-level climate policy position in 2019 that stresses "inaction is not an option" and recognises the "critical role" of governments in tackling climate change, analysis shows the organisation has maintained a campaign against meaningful climate policy action. In June 2017, the Chamber sponsored research that was used by the Trump Administration to justify pulling out of the Paris Agreement. In December 2018, the US Chamber published a report on the economic cost of the ‘Keep it in the Ground’ movement, claiming that it cost the US “$91.9 billion in domestic economic activity and eliminated nearly 730,000 job opportunities”. In 2019, the organisation wrote a letter to US Senators opposing the proposed Green New Deal. At the same time, the Chamber has lobbied to roll back specific US climate regulations whilst promoting alternate regulatory frameworks that would significantly slow a transition away from a GHG emission-intense energy mix. In 2017, the Chamber lobbied for the exclusion climate change cost considerations in energy policymaking processes, which it called "bad regulatory policy that is embedded in agency programs." The organisation actively worked for the repeal of US Clean Power Plan and has promoted the Trump Administration's far weaker "ACE" rule alternative, including leading legal action against the Obama-era climate policy between 2015 and 2019. In February 2019, the US Chamber further supported the repeal of an EPA rule which tied the construction of new coal plants to the use of carbon capture and storage. In 2017, the US Chamber directly called on policymakers to repeal methane emission regulation. At the same time, the organisation has continuously promoted measures to aid increased offshore, Arctic, and non-conventional oil and gas production. For example, in February 2019, the organisation took further legal action to support the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

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 0 -1 NA -2 NS -1 NA NA
Need for Climate Regulation -1 -1 NA -1 -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 -1 -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