Organisation Name
US Chamber of Commerce
InfluenceMap Query
Energy Policy and Mix
Data Source
Legislative Consultations
 
 

Score for this Data / Query Cell

-1.62

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Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Emphasizing the cost of decarbonizing the electricity sector and retiring coal-fired power plants. Emphasizing economic competitiveness and costs in transitioning towards a low carbon economy. (Evidence from joint statement submitted during the EPA's consultation on 'Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, December 2014, p 23)

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At a minimum, EPA must eliminate the interim compliance period to give States and affected EGUs sufficient time to develop and implement plans to reduce CO2 emissions from the electricity sector. Further, the costs associated with the emission reductions will be significant and will force utilities to accelerate pre-existing plans to retire coal-fired EGUs and result in stranded assets, the cost of which may be passed on to consumers.

Created: 03/06/2015 Last edited: 31/03/2017

 

Strongly supporting a high GHG emissions energy mix

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Has issued a 'key issue alert' to members of the US House of Representatives, advocating various legislative measures that will help maintain high GHG energy mix, including oil drilling in the Artic and opposing the Clean Power Plan (US Chamber scores US policy makers according to how they vote on 'key issues. This score relates to how much funding a politician will receive during election season) (US Chamber, 'key issue alert' message to the US House of Representative, July 2016)

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The Chamber strongly supports underlying provisions in this bill that would prohibit use of funds by the Department of Interior to implement its “one size fits all” approach to offshore drilling margins or drilling mud weight or to finalize its offshore air quality rule until it actually completes the requisite studies that are necessary to formulate such a rule. Both of these regulatory actions are nearsighted and significantly threaten offshore energy production, which continues to underpin the energy renaissance. [...] The Chamber also opposes Rep. Murphy’s amendment #134 and Rep. Beyer’s amendment #138 that would prevent, or further delay, modern seismic testing that could otherwise increase the country’s energy reserves. The Arctic region represents one of the greatest energy assets the United States maintains. However, the recently proposed regulations related to Arctic energy exploration needlessly threaten that resource and the Chamber supports Rep. Young’s amendment #37 to forestall its implementation. [...] The Chamber supports Rep. Byrne’s amendment #44, which would prohibit the use of appropriated funds to implement the National Ocean Policy. The Administration’s National Ocean Policy was developed without explicit congressional authorization and would create a significant barrier to economic development across many sectors of the economy. [...] Additionally, the Chamber supports any efforts to include a provision that would prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using any funds to implement or administer any change to the definition of waters under the jurisdiction of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. [...] The Chamber strongly urges you to prohibit implementation of EPA carbon regulations on new and existing power plants, as currently proposed. These proposed rules would pose a significant threat to not only the diversity and reliability of the U.S. electricity system, but would negatively impact nearly every sector of the economy. [...] The Chamber appreciates your consideration of these recommendations as you consider H.R. 5538, the “Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017.” The Chamber may consider including votes on, or in relation to, this legislation and amendments in our annual How They Voted scorecard.

Created: 05/04/2017 Last edited: 05/04/2017

 

Supporting a high GHG emissions energy mix

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The Chamber is supporting the development of oil and gas infrastructure. (Testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Global Energy Institute Acting President, Christopher Guith, May 2019)

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America’s energy infrastructure provides a complex system of vital arteries making real-time deliveries of electricity, natural gas, and liquid fuels and products to every corner of the country to satisfy consumer demand. With more than 2.7 million miles of pipeline and 7 million miles of electric transmission and distribution lines, United States has the largest, most advanced, and most interconnected energy system in the world. With some limited exceptions, America’s energy infrastructure has been privately built and financed.  It serves as an economic engine that literally fuels and powers the entire economy from coast to coast. As the U.S. energy landscape continues to change, in some cases dramatically, the need to site, permit, and build new energy infrastructure predictably and transparently is increasingly important to capturing the economic and environmental benefits provided by American innovation. Unfortunately, the permitting process is neither predictable nor transparent, which discourages investment and often delays and in some cases prevents new energy infrastructure from being built. This in turn robs the U.S. economy of the economic benefits of these delayed or unbuilt resources as well as the environmental benefits they would accrue through emissions reductions. As Congress considers potential infrastructure legislation, it is imperative that permit streamlining be included as part of it.

Created: 25/07/2019 Last edited: 25/07/2019

 

Strongly supporting a high GHG emissions energy mix

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Directly advocating for fiscal policy reform that will favour fossil fuels (US Chamber of Commerce, Karen Harbet, Testimony to the U.S. Senate Committeeon Finance, June 2016)

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All changes to the Internal Revenue Code must be considered in the context of much needed comprehensive tax reform, which ultimately must lower rates for all businesses, shift to a more internationally competitive system, reduce the cost of capital, and decrease complexity. [...]  When contemplating the energy tax policy of the future, it is important to appreciate the energy disposition of today, as well as tomorrow. As we sit here today, the U.S. derives 81% of its energy needs form oil, natural gas, and coal. According to the Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2016, by 2040 we will still rely on these sources for 78% to 80% of our energy needs, that’s even if the President’s Clean Power Plan is implemented as written. [...] Oil and natural gas not only provide a growing competitive advantage and are increasing U.S. energy security, but they also literally and figuratively lubricate our economy. Taxing oil and natural gas serves to increase production costs domestically, making foreign production cheaper [...] This is not to say renewable energy is not important, but rather to demonstrate the size of the U.S. energy economy. It takes many decades of exponential growth to begin to truly impact our energy consumption ratios. Therefore, it is important to be tempered when estimating how impactful fiscal policy can be in advancing alternative energy sources. The simple reality is that fossil fuels are the most energy-dense, plentiful, and economical energy resources available. [...] The oil and natural gas industry supports some 9 million jobs in the U.S. [...] The oil and natural gas industry contributes 8% of U.S. GDP. Punitive taxes that further decrease capital investment from such a large share of the economy are likely to have an outsized effect on growth.

Created: 31/03/2017 Last edited: 31/03/2017

 

Strongly supporting a high GHG emissions energy mix

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Has used consultation on regulatory reform to advocate in favor of various measures to promote a high GHG energy mix, including increased offshore, Arctic and no-conventional oil and gas production, and the   (U.S. Chamber Response to Request for Information on Regulations for Reform, letter to Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, May 2017)

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On March 29, 2017, Secretary Zinke issued Secretarial Order 3349 regarding “American Energy Independence.” In implementing President Trump’s “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” executive order, Secretary Zinke calls for a reexamination of DOI mitigation policies and practices, as well as an identification of regulations, guidance, and other actions that burden or hamper development or utilization of domestic energy and natural resources. [...] The order also directs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to rescind the final rule addressing oil and gas fracking on federal lands and to review the final rule regarding methane venting and flaring.Recommended Action: The Chamber supports the Secretary’s order calling for a review of all DOI mitigation policies, as well as the directives to rescind the final BLM rule on oil and gas fracking on federal lands and to review the final BLM venting and flaring methane rule. [...] The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) continues to provide a cornerstone of U.S. energy production. However, at the conclusion of the Obama administration, some 94% of all federal OCS acreage was restricted from energy development.  [...] On April 8, 2017, President Trump Issued an Executive Order on Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy. Among other things, the EO directs Secretary Zinke to revisit the currently operating OCS Offshore Leasing Program with an eye towards adding new lease sales in the Atlantic, Arctic, and Gulf of Mexico, while not disrupting already-scheduled lease sales. [...] The Chamber strongly supports implementation of the Executive Order at the Departments of Interior and Commerce. [...] One of the largest coal plants in the country, Arizona’s Navajo Generating Station (NGS)faces possible closure due to a combination of market and regulatory forces. [...] Given the plant’s unique circumstances and the federal government’s partial ownership position, the Chamber encourages the Committee to support Department of Interior efforts to explore possible ways to extend the NGS lease and allow the plant and mine to remain in operation.

Created: 02/12/2017 Last edited: 02/01/2018

 

Strongly opposing measures to transition the energy mix

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The Chamber is supporting the removal of an EPA rule which tied the construction of new coal plants to the use of carbon capture and sequestration, disputing the EPA’s claim that this had been adequately demonstrated at an industrial scale. (Comments on the Review of Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, February 2019)

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When originally finalized in 2015, the NSPS exceeded the EPA's authority under the Clean Air Act by imposing requirements on new coal-fired generating units that were neither "adequately demonstrated" nor "commercially available." The 2015 NSPS wrongly concluded that carbon capture and sequestration ("CCS") technology was required for the domestic construction of any new, largescale coal-fired power plant, notwithstanding the fact that no such plant had yet been completed or deemed operational in the country at that time. […] the Chamber believes CCS technology holds great promise to assist us in taking full advantage of America's vast domestic energy resources while addressing the challenge of CO2 emissions and climate change. We have long supported the Department of Energy's efforts to advance this technology along with parallel legislative efforts to improve the economics of CCS. However, the Clean Air Act's NSPS program requires EPA to identify and apply technologies that are already "adequately demonstrated" in practice, on an industrial scale. The standards set forth in EPA's revised NSPS meet that test, whereas the prior mandatory CCS requirement did not. Further, there were many technological, economic, and legal challenges associated with the geologic sequestration of CO2 that were not addressed in EPA's 2015 regulation. The 2015 NSPS rule served as a de facto ban on the construction of new coal plants. The EPA's removal of that unlawful prohibition means that different generation types can again freely compete against each other based upon their merit, rather than an uneven regulatory construct.

Created: 26/07/2019 Last edited: 26/07/2019

 

Strongly supporting a high GHG emissions energy mix

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Has issued a 'key issue alert' to members of the US House of Representatives, advocating legislative measures that will help maintain high GHG energy mix. (US Chamber scores US policy makers according to how they vote on 'key issues. This score relates to how much funding a politician will receive during election season) (US Chamber, 'key issue alert' message to the US House of Representative, July 2016)

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The Chamber strongly supports underlying provisions in this bill that would prohibit use of funds by the Department of Interior to implement its “one size fits all” approach to offshore drilling margins or drilling mud weight or to finalize its offshore air quality rule until it actually completes the requisite studies that are necessary to formulate such a rule. Both of these regulatory actions are nearsighted and significantly threaten offshore energy production, which continues to underpin the energy renaissance. Accordingly, the Chamber opposes any amendments to strike or weaken this language, including Rep. Castor’s #143 and Rep. Huffman’s #22. [...]  The Arctic region represents one of the greatest energy assets the United States maintains. However, the recently proposed regulations related to Arctic energy exploration needlessly threaten that resource and the Chamber supports Rep. Young’s amendment #37 to forestall its implementation. Likewise, the Chamber also supports Rep. Young’s amendment #13, which would ensure the pending offshore Leasing Program does not carelessly remove its three proposed Arctic lease sales. [..]. The Chamber may consider including votes on, or in relation to, this legislation and amendments in our annual How They Voted scorecard.

Created: 31/03/2017 Last edited: 31/03/2017

 

Supporting a high GHG emissions energy mix

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The Chamber is supporting the development of oil and gas infrastructure. (Amicus Brief in Support of U.S. Forest Service - Atlantic Coast Pipeline Permit, February 2019)

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Amici concur with Respondents, Intervenor, and amicus Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC that USFS lawfully granted ACP a right-of-way beneath the Appalachian Trail. 30 U.S.C. § 185(a), (b). As those parties explained, the panel erred in overturning USFS’s long-recognized jurisdiction to administer USFS lands traversed by the Trail, a position advanced by the entire U.S. government. No other court has adopted the panel’s novel reading of the MLA and NTSA. If upheld, it could have substantial national ramifications. MLA § 185 applies broadly to natural gas pipelines like the ACP, and to oil, natural gas liquids, and refined products pipelines. These products literally and figuratively fuel our economy.

Created: 25/07/2019 Last edited: 25/07/2019