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What is Business Roundtable

Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

More Than Leaders. Leadership.

Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote a thriving economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.

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Access to reliable, affordable energy undergirds U.S. national and economic security, and a clean, healthy environment is essential for economic prosperity now and for future generations. Business Roundtable supports policies that capitalize on America’s strengths in technology and energy diversity to maximize U.S. energy options and preserve environmental quality. The business community has a special obligation to step forward and help build an environmentally and economically sustainable future.

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Last updated Sep. 6, 2016.

Powering Forward: North America’s Energy Resurgence

Technology breakthroughs – pioneered in the United States – have unlocked North American oil and natural gas resources that were inaccessible just a generation ago.

Business Leaders Call for Strategic Approach to U.S. Energy Policy

A new analysis released by Business Roundtable details the technology-driven transformation of North America’s energy landscape and makes recommendations for how the United States can take even greater advantage of its energy resources.

Economic Impacts of the North American Energy Revolution

Technology breakthroughs – pioneered in the United States – have unlocked North American oil and natural gas resources that were inaccessible just a generation ago. As a result, North America is expected to become a net energy exporter within the next two decades, reclaiming the region’s status as a global energy superpower.

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Powering Forward: North America’s Energy Resurgence

North America’s energy resurgence is delivering for consumers, businesses, the U.S. economy and America’s standing in the world, but history suggests that those who stand still are quickly overtaken. Policymakers, regulators and business leaders should work together to adopt a policy framework that capitalizes on this historic opportunity and ushers in a new era of energy security.

President’s ‘No’ on Keystone a Setback for U.S. Economy, Workers

America’s business leaders are deeply disappointed that President Obama chose to veto construction of the Keystone XL pipeline extension.

Business Leaders Welcome House Vote to End Ban on Oil Exports

BRT welcomed passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of H.R. 702, a bill to end the ban on U.S. oil exports.

Joint Letter in Support of Crude Oil Exports

We urge you to support H.R. 702, a bill to lift the self-imposed restriction on U.S. crude oil exports. Enactment of this important bipartisan legislation will benefit American consumers, create jobs right here at home, grow the economy, reduce our trade deficit, and bolster our strategic alliances abroad.

EPA's Ozone Decision Is the Wrong Approach at the Wrong Time

BRT expressed disappointment with the EPA and its decision to reduce the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone.

It’s Time to End Ban on Oil Exports

Business Roundtable today endorsed H.R. 702, a bill to lift the nearly 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports, introduced by Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) and championed by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI).

Roundup: Ozone, Regulations, and What's Really Attainable

Business advocates around the country are raising warning flags about an upcoming regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency that could set a new, lower standard for ground-level ozone. The EPA is due to issue the final rule by Oct. 1 and has proposed dropping the current standard from 0.75 parts per billion (ppb) to between 65 and 70 ppb. 

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Committee Priorities

Secure, reliable electricity supplies undergird U.S. economic growth and job creation and the electric power industry plays a key role in safeguarding the environment. Federal and state policies must encourage electricity generators to make full use of America’s diverse portfolio of energy resources to meet U.S. energy needs while ensuring positive environmental outcomes. Policymakers should continue to support efforts by the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to accelerate and coordinate the development of smart grid standards in order to maintain continued U.S. leadership in smart grid technologies.

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Oil, coal and natural gas supply more than 80 percent of U.S. energy needs and are vital to U.S. prosperity and economic competitiveness. Improvements in production and power generation methods are helping to reduce the environmental footprint of these energy resources. U.S. policy should expand access, remove barriers to increased production and encourage a smarter approach to energy and environmental regulation.

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Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of a successful energy policy. It can boost economic growth by decreasing energy costs while increasing productivity.

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Harnessing America’s abundant renewable energy resources in a cost-effective manner diversifies U.S. energy supplies, enhances U.S. energy security and advances environmental stewardship.

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Because the consequences of global warming for society and ecosystems are potentially serious and far-reaching, Business Roundtable believes that steps to address the risks of such warming are prudent and supports collective actions that will lead to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions on a global basis.

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Energy and environmental regulations, which are necessary to protect human health and the environment, should be based on sound science, undergo thorough net cost-benefit analysis, and take into consideration the net cumulative impact these regulations have on energy costs, economic growth and job creation.

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Business Roundtable CEOs are committed to making life better in the communities in which their companies operate, while also creating greater prosperity by driving economic growth and job creation. Each year, Roundtable CEOs reaffirm their commitment to sustainability in a unique report and accompanying video testimonials that detail how America’s business leaders are driving effective environmental efforts and promoting sustainable business practices.

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