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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.

For Economic Growth, Thank Hydrofracturing

A constant flow of news stories points out the economic benefits of and growing support for hydrofracturing in the production of fossil fuels.

BRT Letter Endorsing the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness

On behalf of Business Roundtable, I am writing to thank you for your leadership in drafting S. 761, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, and offer our enthusiastic support for this important legislation.

Tom Fanning, Chairman, President and CEO of Southern Company

By focusing on the hows, Southern Company is bringing safe and reliable power to its customers through the use of natural gas, solar, wind, biomass, and advanced coal and nuclear units. A new coal plant in Mississippi and nuclear plants in Georgia provide an environmental and economic boost by polluting less and creating tens of thousands of construction jobs.

Keystone XL pipeline: More delays, more uncertainty

The EPA has harshly criticized a State Department review of the Keystone XL pipelines, asking for yet another study.

Create, Grow, Sustain: 2013

See how 147 leading U.S. companies are doing well by doing good. America’s CEOs are committed to addressing sustainability in innovative ways to help create jobs, drive economic growth, and enhance the quality of life on our planet for generations to come.

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DIRECTV Chairman, President and CEO Mike White

DIRECTV is committed to reducing, reusing and recycling in its business practices. It's reduced the amount of energy its television receivers consume, reused and refurbished old receivers, and recycled millions of pounds of electronic waste.

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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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