Green Businesses Nationwide Urge Trump to Stay in Paris Climate Agreement
Green America’s Green Business Network, representing 3,000 small and mid-sized companies nationwide, support the
agreement’s creation of jobs, business opportunities, and lessening the economic impacts of Climate Change.
Washington DC — May 4, 2017 — Green America’s Green Business Network is urging the Trump Administration to keep
the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement. This historic agreement includes commitments from countries
worldwide that are responsible for 97 percent of emissions, and would result in an estimated reduction of temperature
increases from seven to five degrees Fahrenheit worldwide. These temperature reductions will help avert some of the
worst impacts of climate change, and reduce impacts on the American economy and its people.
The Paris Climate Agreement is also producing strong benefits for the US economy and businesses right now. An analysis
by Environmental Entrepreneurs found that there currently are more than 2.5 million Americans working in clean energy
and energy efficiency jobs in all 50 states, including over 400,000 people in the clean energy sector alone. Meeting the
commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement will expand the number of high-paying clean energy and energy efficiency
jobs nationwide, many of which are with small businesses. It will support local economies in all states. In addition, it will
reduce climate impacts that are particularly costly to a wide range of small businesses that are least able to afford
disruptions in their supply chains or in the communities they serve.
“Staying in the Paris Agreement should be common sense from any perspective,” says Green America Executive CoDirector
for Business, Investing and Policy Fran Teplitz. “The Agreement is already spurring the development of clean
energy and energy efficiency jobs across the U.S., and will position the United States, and small businesses
nationwide, to be leaders in the rapidly growing clean energy economy.”
“The Paris Climate Agreement is essential to protecting America’s economy,” says Green America Executive CoDirector
for Consumer and Corporate Engagement Todd Larsen. “If we don’t take concrete steps towards reducing our
emissions, as outlined in the Agreement, small businesses – from farmers, to tourism, to importers – are going to
experience sizable hits to their bottom line. Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, and we can’t
afford to put them at risk, especially when we have the solutions to climate change available to us, and those clean
energy solutions actually cost less and produce more jobs than dirty energy.”
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