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Our nation’s next president must be ready to lead on Day One, so the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is  reaching out to "45" to share our policy vision. We are highlighting the issues that are most important to the employers, executives and entrepreneurs that create opportunities across the nation.  One of the most important issues is energy—the subject of the letter below. 


 

Dear 45,

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The next stop in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Monumental Issues” tour of Washington, D.C., is the Lincoln Memorial, with Dan Byers and Heath Knakmuhs of the Energy Institute.

The public may visit the Lincoln Memorial 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Another thing we rely on 24/7: our electricity supply.

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Dan Byers and Heath Knakmuhs, both with the Institute for 21st Century Energy, start off by discussing America’s diverse sources of energy.

Heath notes, “Our nation is most reliant on two sources — coal and natural gas, which make up two-thirds of our electricity supply.”

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Many countries will be signing the Paris Agreement on climate change this Earth Day. The overall aspirational goal of the agreement is as follows:

This Agreement . . . aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by . . . [h]olding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

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After a year and a half of review, hearings, and public input sessions, a 1,168-mile pipeline proposed to move American crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois recently received approval from Iowa regulators (Bakken Gets Another Iowa Green Light, Des Moines Register April 8).  When completed, the Dakota Access pipeline project will carry up to 570,000 barrels per day of Three Forks and Bak