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America’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) is one of its greatest single strategic assets. For decades, across multiple administrations, this asset has been underutilized to the nation’s detriment. As BOEM initiates this process to develop the 2017-2022 Leasing Program, it is important that the entire OCS be considered for leasing. BOEM should continue to include existing areas in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico currently available for leasing under the current 5 Year Program and should also make new areas in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico available for leasing.

We urge BOEM to evaluate and consider all planning areas and not prematurely eliminate any areas with potential resources at this stage of the process. Preemptively removing any areas at this initial stage would be inconsistent with the process established in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and would represent a tremendous missed opportunity. Such an action would be premature and given the long lead times necessary for offshore development, could undermine U.S. energy security for decades to come.

The Chamber has long been clear in its view that the Clean Air Act (CAA) is not the appropriate vehicle to regulate greenhouse gases (GHG), and is poorly designed for such a task. We believe EPA’s proposed rule illustrates this incompatibility, as it is fundamentally inconsistent with numerous practical, technical, and legal aspects of America’s electricity system. Nonetheless, we appreciate this opportunity to communicate specific concerns regarding the rulemaking.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations, and dedicated to promoting, protecting, and defending America’s free enterprise system, strongly supports H.R. 4315, the “Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act.” This bill would bring long-needed reforms to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by incorporating more transparency, accountability, and better science into how the Act is implemented.

The availability and affordability of electricity has been central to the growth of every developed country. America’s rapid growth into an industrial, technological, and economic powerhouse has been fueled by the availability of a wide variety of electricity sources. The diverse sources of electric generation in the U.S. currently provide an abundant, reliable, and affordable electric supply to support the continued growth and development of the American economy.

However, the U.S. is in danger of losing this underappreciated advantage due in part to aggressive new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In order to better understand the value of this diverse resource mix and the impact that losing it will have on the U.S. economy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy partnered with other groups to undertake a comprehensive new study conducted by the respected global research firm IHS.

The result is a new report—The Value of US Power Supply Diversity—which provides a detailed analysis of the power sector and overall economic costs that would be incurred if EPA regulations, along with other factors, continue on course to eliminate the coal and nuclear generation resources that currently play an indispensable role in keeping America’s electricity reliable, abundant, and affordable.

The Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC) supports H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, and urges swift action by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to approve the bill. WAC is an inter-industry coalition representing the nation’s construction, real estate, mining, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, energy sectors, and wildlife conservation interests.