Thousands of US firms voice Paris Agreement support

Thousands of businesses across the US are urging the government to stay in the Paris Agreement. Green America’s Green Business Network, representing 3,000 small and mid-sized companies nationwide, says the […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Thousands of businesses across the US are urging the government to stay in the Paris Agreement.

Green America’s Green Business Network, representing 3,000 small and mid-sized companies nationwide, says the historic agreement will help avert some of the worst impacts of climate change and reduce its negative effects on the US economy and its people.

President Donald Trump has already weakened or reversed a number of the country’s climate policies and expressed doubt as to the legitimacy of global warming as a serious issue.

Green America says there are currently more than 2.5 million Americans working in clean power and energy efficiency jobs.

It suggests meeting the environmental commitments will expand the number of high paying positions in the sector, many of which are currently held with small businesses.

The group also argues the commitment is needed to reduce climate impacts that are particularly costly to small businesses, which are generally the least able to afford disruptions in their supply chains or in the communities they serve.

Green America’s Executive Co-Director for Consumer and Corporate Engagement, Todd Larsen, said: “The Paris Climate Agreement is essential to protecting America’s economy.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the US economy and we can’t afford to put them at risk, especially when we have the solutions to climate change available to us and those clean energy solutions actually cost less and produce more jobs than dirty energy.”

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry reportedly wants Donald Trump to stay in the agreement but renegotiate it.