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BCSE In Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 12, 2017

Contact:  Laura Tierney
Email:  ltierney@bcse.org
Office:  202.785.0507

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) released a letter today to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressing its support of the United States’ continued engagement in the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  In response to the letter, BCSE President Lisa Jacobson states:

“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.

“By 2030, it is estimated that the global demand for clean energy will become a $1 trillion annual market. The U.S. government, in partnership with the private sector, must work to ensure that the American companies that manufacture and provide these technologies and services are poised to lead and capture a significant part of that market.

“U.S. government involvement is also needed to protect intellectual property rights and to avoid negative market outcomes for U.S. companies that are doing business abroad, such as retaliatory trade policies reducing market share for U.S. products, preferential sourcing and procurement practices by governments that favor other countries and consumer boycotts of U.S. goods and services.

“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.

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