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Businesses Call on Nominee Tillerson to Support Paris Climate Agreement:

For Immediate Release: 
January 11, 2017

“Will boost U.S. energy jobs”

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Bob Keener

WASHINGTON, DC (January 11, 2017) – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 250,000 businesses, calls upon Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson to affirmatively state during his confirmation hearing that the U.S. will remain a party to the Paris Climate Agreement. A Senate hearing to consider his nomination is scheduled for 9:00 am, Wednesday, January 10, before the Foreign Relations Committee.

The following statement may be attributed to David Levine, CEO of ASBC:

“Mr. Tillerson should state without hesitation that the United States will remain an active participant within the Paris treaty process. This would send an important signal to the business community that the U.S. will not concede its leadership in the low-carbon economy. That will boost U.S. energy jobs while reducing carbon emissions.

“The agreement creates an opportunity for American businesses to continue leading the world in the development and deployment of new clean and energy efficient technologies. Policymakers in Washington, DC and across the nation should understand that the move towards a global, low-carbon economy is now in full swing. Many businesses from diverse industries support continued strong action by the Trump Administration to reduce climate change. Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk.

“Paris is a victory for accountability, since developing nations must report how donor funds are used, disclose the sources of their emissions and track progress toward their reduction targets. Large polluters like China and India will now also be required to play by the same set of rules as other nations. And, the U.S. economy will directly benefit by being able to export its array of clean energy technologies.”

ASBC works on a range of policy issues addressing the economic opportunity of a clean energy economy, natural resource stewardship, smart growth and environmental quality. Its business members engage directly in the policy process at the federal and state level. ASBC advocates for a setting a price on carbon as a way to address climate change.

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 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries.