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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 Resolve at the Business Roundtable

This past Thursday, Business Roundtable hosted its sixth Climate RESOLVE (Responsible Environmental Steps, Opportunities to Lead by Voluntary Efforts) workshop, attracting more than 75 executives from 56 companies to Washington.

Letter to Congress Regarding Energy Legislation

Dear Members of Congress:

Business Roundtable strongly supports Congressional action on energy. We are pleased that both the Senate and House have made a serious commitment to enacting energy legislation this year but believe that substantial work will be required to complete the job successfully.

The McGraw-Hill Companies: Making Green & Sustainability Actionable Items with Results

Sustainability. Energy efficiency. Green building. All buzz words that are now a part of our daily conversations. Yet do people really know what they mean? More importantly, why is business rallying around sustainability and being “green”?

Climate RESOLVE New Member Toolkit

The purpose of this document is to inform Business Roundtable of your company’s plans for participating in Climate RESOLVE. If you are already participating, annually updating this form will allow Business Roundtable to track your progress.

Senate Letter Regarding Renewable Fuels and Consumer Protection and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007

Business Roundtable is pleased that the Senate is considering energy legislation. We applaud the Senate’s efforts to tackle these challenges.

Business Roundtable CEOs Provide Blueprint for U.S. Energy Future

Business Roundtable, an association of 160 chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, today unveiled a wide-ranging energy plan calling for a more diversified and domestic-based energy supply mix, increased energy efficiency and greater investment in new energy technologies.

More Diverse, More Domestic, More Efficient

During the 1970s, two global energy crises challenged the federal government and American businesses to diversify their energy portfolios and develop new technologies to increase efficiency and promote conservation. After these crises passed, the United States enjoyed a long period of affordable energy and stable markets. However, new supply constraints and geopolitical uncertainties coupled with surging global demand have again created a challenging energy environment for U.S. consumers and businesses.


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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