Businesses Condemn Executive Order as Anti-Growth, Anti-Environment:
“The business community is looking for real leadership on climate change and so far, all we’ve see are decisions from the polluters playbook.”
WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2017)—The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which has a national network of members representing over 250,000 businesses, released a statement condemning the expected climate executive order to be signed Tuesday by President Trump at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The following may be attributed to David Levine, CEO and Co-founder of ASBC:
“This executive order is anti-growth and anti-environment despite the rhetoric from the Administration. Last century energy technologies are losing market share, and renewable energy is seeing explosive job growth. Fighting that trend will hurt economic growth.
“Businesses want action that addresses climate change. They know that rolling back the Clean Power Plan without a meaningful alternative in its place, like a carbon fee, will make climate change worse. That will further hurt economic growth. The business community is looking for real leadership on climate change and so far, all we’ve see are decisions from the polluters playbook.”
A national poll of small business owners found deep concern about the risks of climate change and support for government action to address it. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of business owners named one or more consequences of climate change as potentially harmful to their businesses. Sixty-four percent (64%) of businesses believe government regulation is needed to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Fifty-three percent (53%) of companies think extreme weather has, or will have, harmed their businesses. One in five has already been hurt. See poll report here: http://asbcouncil.org/sites/default/files/asbcpollreportclimateenergypolicyreform_final_0.pdf
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. www.asbcouncil.org