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Businesses Urge Trump to Keep U.S. in Paris Climate Agreement

Businesses recognize that the Paris agreement provides the best solution to date for tackling climate change. Climate change challenges the security and economic well-being of the United States, in addition to threatening grave environmental and humanitarian challenges worldwide. Rising seas, changing weather patterns, and the northward migration of tropical diseases will harm U.S. businesses and individuals. Some of these costs will be born directly by business. Other costs will be born indirectly for example as a result of tax increases to repair and harden our transportation infrastructure. Denying the reality of climate change does not make these costs go away; the costs just get bigger the longer we drag our heels.

The U.S. stands to gain by remaining a party to the agreement as a leader in developing clean energy sources. Clean energy and the grid improvements to deliver it are vital emerging technologies. Companies that lead in enabling these technologies will create thousands of jobs and will generously reward their investors. Read ASBC's full statement.