FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2017
Contact: Laura Tierney
U.S. Engagement in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change is Good for Energy Security and Job Creation at Home
Washington, DC – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) sent a letter on May 3 to President Donald J. Trump urging the United States to remain engaged in the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). BCSE also sent the letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and Ranking Member Ben Cardin. BCSE President Lisa Jacobson went to the heart of the economic reasons for continued U.S. participation:
“The facts are simple and clear: the United States’ engagement in the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) benefits American businesses and protects American jobs. We cannot afford to back-track on these commitments.
“We must protect the competitiveness of American companies by maintaining a seat at the diplomatic table when key energy, environment and security issues are being discussed. Being present will be required to get the best deal for U.S. manufacturing and technology industries.”
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy has been a leading industry coalition at the meetings of the UNFCCC since the organization’s founding in 1992. Read the full letter here.