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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.

Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Morman on Sustainability

Wick Morman, CEO of Norfolk Southern, discusses the company's keys to success, and the benefits to improving freight rail technology.

Macy's Chairman, President & CEO Terry Lundgren on Sustainability

Macy's Terry Lundgren talks about the various initiatives the company has implemented to reduce their carbon footprint.

KPMG Global Chairman John Veihmeyer on Sustainability

John Veihmeyer, Global Chairman of KPMG, discusses how sustainability is essential to their business strategy. KPMG has four core pillars of sustainability: talent, community, environmental and market.

Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Doug Oberhelman on Sustainability

Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Doug Oberhelm talks about the future of sustainability, and integrating that into the core values of the company.

American Electric Power Chairman, President & CEO Nick Akins on Sustainability

American Electric Power's Nick Akins discusses the company's performance over the past year, and goals for sustainability for the future.

Shale Gas Boosting Manufacturing, Economy, Jobs

Development of shale gas is "absolutely a game changer" Business Roundtable President John Engler said today at a symposium sponsored by the University of Michigan  Institute for Manufacturing Leadership and the University of Michigan Energy Institute. (Was reacting to the event's title, "Shale Gas: A Game Changer for American Manufacturing.")

A Win for Chevron, a Loss for Litigation Fraud

A federal judge's ruling that a U.S. trial lawyer led a conspiracy again Chevron over alleged oil pollution in Ecuador sends a powerful message to plaintiffs' attorneys everywhere: Legal shakedowns do not always work, and fraud has consequences.

Former Obama Administration Scientist Weighs in for Keystone XL Pipeline

The former head of the U.S. Geological Survey in the Obama Administration has just come down on the side of approving the Keystone XL pipeline project to bring Canadian oil into the United States. 

America’s Business Leaders Welcome Progress on Keystone XL Project

Business Roundtable today issued the following statement from Dave Cote, Chairman and CEO of Honeywell, and Chair of Business Roundtable’s Energy and Environment Committee, on the State Department’s updated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS):

Key Stats on Energy & Environment - Data Sources

New U.S. Electric Generating Capacity by Source

  • Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly, Table ES3. 
  • Note: Data represents the net summer capacity of new U.S. electric generating units.  For energy source abbreviations and groupings, see “Energy Sources” table for Form EIA-860 in Electric Power Monthly.

U.S. Crude Oil Production

  • Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review, Table 3.1

U.S. Crude Oil Consumption


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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