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Business Leaders Hail Signing of Paris Agreement on Climate

For Immediate Release: 
April 22, 2016
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Bob Keener

WASHINGTON, DC (April 22, 2016)—The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) commended the Obama Administration for formally signing the historic Paris Agreement on Climate today, and urges policymakers and business leaders across the United States to join hands in fulfilling the commitments embodied in the agreement. The Paris Agreement on Climate Change was signed today by a historic 155 nations, including the United States and China, at a ceremony in New York City. It commits signatories to reducing their carbon emissions in order to slow the pace of climate change.

“We applaud this affirmation of the Paris commitment and urge the signatories to move forward with the real work ahead,” said David Levine, CEO and co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council.  “Today should be recorded in history as the beginning of truly significant climate action and not another empty gesture.”

“Critical to the business community and the success of the Paris Agreement is fully implementing essential policies like the Clean Power Plan, adopting a nationwide carbon tax that returns the revenue back into the economy, and policies like Clean Energy Victory Bonds, which will accelerate adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency technologies.”

“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.”

ASBC participated in the Paris negotiations last December to articulate the clear threat and opportunity climate change poses to the business community.

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network it represents more than 200,000 businesses and more than 325,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers and investors.