A group of 365 companies, including General Mills, Nike and Starbucks, has urged President-elect Donald Trump to abide by the Paris climate deal.
â€śWe want the US economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy,â€ť the group wrote in a letter addressed to Trump, President Barack Obama and Congress. â€śCost-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.â€ť
â€śWe pledge to do our part, in our own operations and beyond, to realize the Paris Agreementâ€™s commitment of a global economy that limits global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius,â€ť the group wrote.
In addition to sticking with the Paris deal, the group urged the U.S. government to have a â€śContinuation of low-carbon policies to allow the US to meet or exceed our promised national commitment and to increase our nationâ€™s future ambitionâ€ť and to invest â€śin the low carbon economy at home and abroad in order to give financial decision-makers clarity and boost the confidence of investors worldwide.â€ť
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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.
â€śMr. Trump talks about infrastructure, he talks about jobs,â€ť said Michael Skelly, founder and president of Clean Line Energy Partners, a Houston-based company that builds transmission lines for renewable energy.
â€śWhat weâ€™re creating are welding jobs, steel manufacturing jobs, in Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa,â€ť he added. â€śThese are projects that create income for landowners, create jobs in the middle of the country.â€ť
Trump is a climate change denier who once said it was a â€śhoaxâ€ť created by the Chinese government.
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â€śThe concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,â€ť 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,â€ť Kerry said at a global summit in Morocco, according to CNN. â€śClimate change should not be a partisan issue in the first place.â€ť