Organisation Name
US Chamber of Commerce
InfluenceMap Query
Energy Policy and Mix
Data Source
Media Reports
 
 

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-1.58

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Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Actively working to maintain a high GHG emissions energy mix. Producing research emphasizing the cost of the transition towards a low carbon economy and loss of jobs (The Hill, May 2014)

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In a study, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said that curbing carbon emissions could cost the economy more than $50 billion a year, and result in the elimination of 224,000 jobs. Yet the Natural Resources Defense Council did a study of its own, saying new EPA rules could actually save the country more than $37 billion on electricity bills in 2020, and create more than 274,000 jobs.

Created: 04/06/2015 Last edited: 02/01/2018

 

Generally supporting transition of energy mix

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Supporting policy that supports transition of the energy mix (New York Times, April 2016)

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The bill, approved 85 to 12, united Republicans and Democrats around a traditionally divisive issue — energy policy — largely by avoiding the hot-button topics of climate change and oil and gas exploration that have thwarted other measures. [...] the Energy Policy Modernization Act, would respond to the rapidly transforming energy landscape. It includes provisions to promote renewable energy, improve the energy efficiency of buildings, and to cut some planet-warming greenhouse gas pollution. [...] The bill has drawn support from a wide range of business and environmental groups, including the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Alliance to Save Energy and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Created: 25/05/2016 Last edited: 02/01/2018

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Considering legal action against a decision to limit ofshore oil and gas production (CNBC, December 2016)

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce could challenge President Barack Obama's move to put vast waters in the Arctic and elsewhere off-limits to oil and gas drilling, Christopher Guith, senior vice president of policy for the powerful pro-business group's Energy Institute, told CNBC. "It is absolutely accurate to say we're considering it," he said Thursday.

Created: 03/01/2017 Last edited: 03/01/2017

 

Opposing measures to transition the energy mix

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Opposing emission standards under the Clean Power Plan strong enough to shift generation away from coal (The Hill, February 2018)

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Energy companies and their allies want the Trump administration to give them a wide amount of leeway when writing a replacement to the Obama administration’s climate change rule for power plants. In comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which were due this week, fossil fuel interests, utilities, business groups and others asked the agency to write a rule that doesn’t require any coal-fired power plants to shut down, doesn’t mandate any actions outside of the power plants themselves and that gives state leaders maximum flexibility in deciding how to comply. [..]  A coalition led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, meanwhile, urged the EPA to avoid any rule that would require companies to shift their electric generation away from coal plants and toward lower-emitting sources. That approach, referred to as "beyond the fence line" because it requires actions outside the power plants themselves, was part of the Obama rule.“Any rule to establish standards of performance under Section 111(d) must reflect what can be demonstrated and accomplished ‘within the fence line’ of the emissions source,” the coalition said. “This scope would be consistent with the plain text of the statute, EPA regulations, and historical EPA practice.”

Created: 08/03/2018 Last edited: 08/03/2018

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Advocating for a sustained role for coal in the energy mix (Wyoming Business Report, January 2014)

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy today unveiled its comprehensive new Energy Works for US platform that reflects the new reality of America’s energy revolution [...] Energy Works for US would open up access to oil and natural gas resources on federal lands for production, further lowering the need for imports of these fuels. It also calls for an end to the regulatory assault on coal, which it calls “one of our most affordable and secure sources of energy,” by maintaining coal as an integral part of America’s energy mix and investing in technology to make its use cleaner. And it would expand emission-free sources like nuclear and renewables and press for greater gains in energy efficiency.

Created: 05/06/2015 Last edited: 02/01/2018

 

Not supporting measures to transition the energy mix

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Advocating on behalf of traditional energy sources against renewables (Institute for 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 21st, August 2016)

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While the costs of renewable energy—primarily wind and solar—continue to come down, in many markets they remain uncompetitive with traditional energy sources and established hydroelectric projects. And with natural gas prices at historic lows, renewables look less appealing than they once did.

Created: 16/07/2016 Last edited: 02/01/2018

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Supporting specific measures to maintain high GHG energy mix. Advocating for policy makers to support unconventional oil production (Arkansas Online, March 2017)

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President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead to the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a "great day for American jobs" and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change. [...] The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups applauded the administration's action.

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

 

Opposing measures to transition the energy mix

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Opposing measures to prevent exploitation of Albertan tar sands (Star Tribune, November 2015)

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President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline Friday split Minnesota’s U.S. Senate and House delegations. [...] The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent heavily to lobby for the pipeline, accused Obama of breaking promises. “This decision is the latest in a number of administration actions — such as attempting to destroy the coal industry, over regulating natural gas, keeping 86 percent of American oil reserves under lock and key, and failing to improve the permitting process — that have undermined America’s energy revolution, slowed growth, and cost good-paying jobs,” a Chamber news release stated.

Created: 10/11/2015 Last edited: 02/01/2018

 

Opposing measures to transition the energy mix

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Supporting new energy policy including dergulating of GHG emissions and increasing access to US land and water for oil and gas production (US Chamber, Institute of 21st Century Energy, CEO Keren Alderman Harbert, Houston Chronicle, December 2016)

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Q: If the Trump administration comes to you and asks for your top priority, what would it be? A: Immediately, to send a signal that we're not going to put the brakes on this sputtering economy, he should revoke the (Obama administration's greenhouse gas consideration) guidance. Then he should turn to the regulations that have been put into effect very recently that he could reverse. The Department of Interior, for example, put out the latest five-year offshore leasing program. In that, they eliminated the Atlantic, the Pacific, two areas under current development in Alaska and areas in the Gulf of Mexico. That doesn't look like a policy to support an energy superpower. Trump should immediately begin putting forward a different five-year plan, and, at the same time, begin to unravel the Clean Power Plan that dictates from Washington what every of our 50 states' energy economy should look like.

Created: 12/12/2016 Last edited: 12/12/2016

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Supporting specific measures to maintain high GHG energy mix (E&E News, March 2017)

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This year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released statements favoring the repeal of the Interior Department's coal mining Stream Protection Rule, and praising the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines. When it comes to renewable energy, a recent Chamber blog post about solar energy touts its growth but criticizes state policies that encourage people to install photovoltaic panels by allowing them to sell utilities their excess power. [...] Letourneau said that the Chamber's focus on rolling back regulations affecting coal, oil and gas — the latter of which, he points out, has helped reduce carbon emissions — is because of the past administration's anti-fossil-fuel agenda. "Over the past eight years, traditional energy sources have been under assault and seen their potential limited through federal regulations and executive orders," he said. "The U.S. Chamber is an advocate for market-driven solutions that provide affordable and reliable energy, which is why we've pushed back on some of these economically harmful rules." Still, Whitten would rather not see the Chamber take such a negative view of policies like net metering, which allows people to make money from installing solar power.

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