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ASBC Files Court Brief in Support of Clean Power Plan

ASBC led a coalition of 25 business groups, representing a broad range of industries and regions nationwide, in filing a friend of the court brief, also known as an “amicus brief,” in support of the national Clean Power Plan, the strongest action to date for addressing climate change.

The brief argues that unrestrained climate change will burden national, state and local economies with increased costs and business disruptions from droughts, flooding, reduced agriculture productivity, extreme weather, rising seas, and other disturbances. In addition, it points out that the Clean Power Plan will boost economic growth by generating new market-based solutions and new jobs in renewable energy.

Organizations signing ASBC’s brief include the South Carolina Small Business Chamber, Green America, Business and Labor Coalition of New York, CABA (Climate Action Business Association, New England), Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce (Kansas), Idaho Clean Energy Association, Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium, Kentucky Sustainable Business Council, Local First Arizona, Local First Ithaca, Lowcountry Local First (South Carolina), Metro Independent Business Alliance (Minneapolis), Ohio Sustainable Business Council, National Small Business Network, New York State Sustainable Business Council, P3 Utah, Pioneer Valley Local First, Small Business Minnesota, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, Sustainable Furnishings Council, and West Virginia Sustainable Business Council.

The Clean Power Plan has been challenged in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Given the current vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court and the potential for a 4-4 deadlock, which would leave the lower court ruling in effect, the decision of the Circuit Court takes on greater importance.

Source Author: 
Bryan McGannon