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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.

About BRT

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.

Business Leaders Disappointed with Proposed EPA Air Regulation

Business Roundtable has serious concerns about the excessive costs and limited effectiveness of EPA's proposal to tighten the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to between 70 and 65 ppb.

Keystone Pipeline: Yes, It Will Create U.S. Jobs and Economic Activity

With the Senate nearing a vote on legislation to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, Business Roundtable President John Engler appeared on Neil Cavuto's program on Fox Business, making the case for the project to bring Canadian oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.

BRT Letter on Forthcoming Proposed Ozone Rule

October 21, 2014

The Honorable Gina McCarthy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 3000
Washington, DC  20460

Dear Administrator McCarthy:

On behalf of the more than 200 CEO members of Business Roundtable, who lead major U.S. companies operating in every sector of the economy, we are writing regarding the ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS).

Business Roundtable Statement on Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Business Roundtable today commented on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposal to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing U.S. power plants.

The Economy, Emissions and Expectations

Anticipation, or perhaps apprehension, is rising about President Obama's announcement on Monday of new emissions rules for power plants. Meanwhile, the economic news has been not good. What we're reading ... with a measure of trepidation.

Reuters, "For first time in 3 years, U.S. economy shrinks":

Sustainability 2014: Honeywell Chairman & CEO Dave Cote

Chairman & CEO of Honeywell Dave Cote discusses Honeywell's guiding principle of integrating good business, economic growth and responsibility into everything it does. For more, see Create, Grow, Sustain: Celebrating Success

America’s Business Leaders Welcome Increased Federal Commitment to Energy-Efficient Buildings

Business Roundtable today welcomed President Obama’s directive to federal agencies and departments to achieve greater energy efficiency improvements in federal buildings.

Letter Endorsing Congressional Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline

On behalf of the more than 200 CEO members of Business Roundtable, who lead major American companies operating in every sector of the U.S. economy, I write to convey Business Roundtable’s strong endorsement for Congressional approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

Business Roundtable Letter on Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2014

On behalf of the more than 200 CEO members of Business Roundtable, who lead major American companies operating in every sector of the U.S. economy, I write to convey Business Roundtable’s strong support for the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2014, S. 2262, and respectfully request that this vital legislation be brought to the Senate floor for a vote as expeditiously as possible.

Time for a Vote for Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness

Anticipating a Senate floor vote next week, business groups and individual companies are making a push for passage of S.2074, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2014. BRT joined the others in a full-page ad in POLITICO on Monday, urging a vote for the bill to "build a stronger, more efficient energy America."


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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