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Businesses Urge Trump Not To Leave Paris Climate Deal

| by Ray Brown

A group of 365 companies, including General Mills, Nike and Starbucks, has urged President-elect Donald Trump to abide by the Paris climate deal.

“We want the US economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy,” the group wrote in a letter addressed to Trump, President Barack Obama and Congress. “Cost-effective and innovative solutions can help us achieve these objectives. Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk. But the right action now will create jobs and boost US competitiveness.”

“We pledge to do our part, in our own operations and beyond, to realize the Paris Agreement’s commitment of a global economy that limits global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius,” the group wrote.

In addition to sticking with the Paris deal, the group urged the U.S. government to have a “Continuation of low-carbon policies to allow the US to meet or exceed our promised national commitment and to increase our nation’s future ambition” and to invest “in the low carbon economy at home and abroad in order to give financial decision-makers clarity and boost the confidence of investors worldwide.”

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Solar and wind power companies hope Trump won't cut investment in renewable energy or remove federal tax credits on renewable energy projects, reported The New York Times.

“Mr. Trump talks about infrastructure, he talks about jobs,” said Michael Skelly, founder and president of Clean Line Energy Partners, a Houston-based company that builds transmission lines for renewable energy.

“What we’re creating are welding jobs, steel manufacturing jobs, in Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa,” he added. “These are projects that create income for landowners, create jobs in the middle of the country.”

Trump is a climate change denier who once said it was a “hoax” created by the Chinese government.

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“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” Trump tweeted in 2012.

Secretary of State John Kerry urged world leaders to not be alarmed by Trump's rhetoric.

"I know the election has left some uncertainty about the future. I can't speculate about what policies the president-elect will pursue, but I've learned that some issues look a little bit different when you're in office compared to campaign,” Kerry said at a global summit in Morocco, according to CNN. “Climate change should not be a partisan issue in the first place.”

Sources: Business Backs Low-Carbon USA, The New York Times, CNN, Donald J. Trump/Twitter/ Photo credit: NPS Climate Change/Flickr

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