The Reconciliation Bill and Climate Lobbying

An InfluenceMap Investor/Media Briefing

September 2021

A Critical Moment in Global Climate Policy and Politics

Please use this link when referring to this content.

The US government is proposing a bold climate policy and fiscal spending agenda which will face its crucial test in US Congress in late September 2021. The $3.5 trillion 'Reconciliation Bill' has been described as a “once in lifetime” chance to pass meaningful climate policy in the United States.

However mainstream US industry associations including the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Business Roundtable as well as fossil fuel related groups the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Gas Association (AGA) are pushing back hard to dilute the critical climate elements of the Bill.

Direct evidence of this negative influencing is in the form of direct messaging and public letters as well as, in the case of the API and the AGA, well targeted advertising campaigns designed to reach key swing states where Democratic Congressional and Senator votes may be at risk.

The US Chamber, NAM and the Business Roundtable memberships are a who's who of corporate America including numerous companies such as Pfizer, Microsoft, Amazon and UPS, all of whom have made ambitious statements on climate and long term net zero targets.

The analysis in the briefing below is part of InfluenceMap's ongoing and global program to track climate policy influencing globally. InfluenceMap is a data partner to the Climate Action 100+ investor engagement program consisting 617 global investors who are responsible for more than $55 trillion in assets under management.

About InfluenceMap

InfluenceMap is a non-profit think tank providing objective and evidence-based analysis of how companies and financial institutions are impacting the climate and biodiversity crises. Our company profiles and other content are used extensively by a range of actors including investors, the media, NGOs, policymakers, and the corporate sector. InfluenceMap does not advocate or take positions on government policy. All our assessments are made against accepted benchmarks, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Our content is open source and free to view and use (


You will be required to register or login to our site to download these files.