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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.

America’s Business Leaders Call on President to Sign Keystone XL Bill

Business Roundtable today welcomed bipartisan House passage of legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline extension. The Senate earlier passed the bill on a bipartisan basis. The bill now goes to the President for his consideration.

America’s Business Leaders Welcome House Energy Policy Initiative

Business Roundtable welcomed today’s announcement by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) of his intention to develop comprehensive energy legislation.

America’s Business Leaders Applaud Bipartisan Senate Approval of Keystone XL

Business Roundtable today welcomed bipartisan Senate passage of legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline extension. The House and Senate are expected to quickly resolve any remaining differences between their respective versions of the bill.

The Economy, Taxes, Immigration, Education, Gas Prices -- and More! Business Leaders on CNBC's Squawk Box

CNBC's morning news and interview program, Squawk Box, set up operations this morning in conjunction with Business Roundtable's final quarterly meeting of the year, speaking to a dozen CEOs. The topics covered the full range of the economy, and all sectors were well represented.

As always, CNBC also did a great and job posting clips from their video interviews. A round-up:

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


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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