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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.

Climate Change: Business Roundtable Supports Actions to Address Global Warming - 2007

According to leading scientists, there is increasing evidence that the Earth’s climate has been warming over the last century and that increases in the Earth’s temperature are affecting many global ecosystems, especially the polar areas. At the same time that warming has been occurring, greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere have increased due to rising worldwide emissions of GHGs. Major sources of these emissions include the combustion of fossil fuels, tropical deforestation and other land use changes.

Energy at Work: The Permitting & Regulatory Landscape

Energy infrastructure is subject to a complex regime of regulatory, permitting and siting requirements at all levels of government. Actions taken by the current and previous Administrations have made meaningful inroads toward simplifying this complex regulatory landscape and reducing the regulatory burden.

Energy at Work: Oil Infrastructure

The ability to produce, refine and transport oil is essential to U.S. economic competitiveness. Following several decades of steady decline, U.S. oil production has risen sharply since 2008, presenting a remarkable opportunity to improve the nation’s energy security, support increased industrial activity and make energy more affordable for American households. However, significant infrastructure investments must be made to fully leverage the benefits and opportunities afforded by abundant domestic oil resources.

Energy at Work: Natural Gas Infrastructure

Advances in drilling and resource extraction technologies have made natural gas one of the fastest growing energy resources in the United States. The abundance of natural gas offers an opportunity for the United States to strengthen its energy independence and security, while providing nearly all sectors of the economy an affordable energy source and feedstock. Substantial investments in natural gas infrastructure — including pipelines and storage and export facilities — are needed to fully capitalize on the benefits that this affordable, abundant domestic energy source has to offer.

Key Stats on Energy & Environment

Whether it be in the context of private enterprise or public policy, Business Roundtable CEOs believe that sound decisions must be grounded in the facts.  Our commitment to evidence-based, data-driven decision making is embodied in the Business Roundtable Data Monitors — a suite of executive-style dashboards that illustrate key data points and trends in various areas of public policy.

Business Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Sustainability

Business Roundtable released Create, Grow, Sustain: Delivering Shared Success — testimonials from America’s leading CEOs detailing how their companies promote sustainable practices in their U.S. and global operations.

President Trump’s Executive Action on Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines is Victory for U.S. Economy, Workers

Washington — Following the announcement of President Trump’s executive action to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, Nicholas K. Akins, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Electric Power and Chair of the Business Roundtable Committee on Energy and Environment, today released the following statement:

Letter to EPA and OMB on Ozone NAAQs

We respectfully request that the Administration change its policies on background ozone to better assist states as implementation of the 2015 standard moves forward.


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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