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Businesses Advocate for Climate Action on Capitol Hill

On the heels of the People’s Climate March, business leaders from across the country travelled to Washington, DC for the National Business Climate and Clean Energy Advocacy program on May 1-2. ASBC and E2 led the event with support from the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Sustainable Food Trade Association, Partnership for Responsible Growth, Health Care Without Harm, Climate Action Business Association, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Business Climate Leaders, New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility, New Jersey Sustainable Business Council, and Green America.

The program included a half-day conference at K&L Gates, LLP on the current debate over U.S. energy policy and commitment to address climate change. Following the conference, participants joined at ASBC’s new office to meet and greet and celebrate the show of support for business action on climate.

During a breakfast meeting on Tuesday morning, business leaders heard from Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI, pictured above) and Ed Markey (D-MA) about the important role business has to play in getting Congress to take action on climate change. “The credibility of corporate America is at stake here,” Whitehouse said.

Our coalition held 70 meetings with members of Congress and their staffs from both sides of the aisle, where they stressed the fundamental risk climate change poses to industries throughout the economy. They also highlighted the immense growth of the clean energy sector.

ASBC is working directly to mobilize business leaders to take action on climate change. Add your business voice to our carbon pricing action letter.

Source Author: 
Eliza Kelsten
Source Publication Date: 
May 10, 2017