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16 Nov 2016

James Murray, BusinessGreen

365 businesses & govt. leaders urge Trump to back Paris Agreement

"Over 360 businesses urge President-elect Trump to back Paris Agreement," 16 Nov 2016

The opposition President-elect Donald Trump will face from large parts of the business community if he makes good on his campaign pledge to exit the Paris Agreement was underlined today, as over 360 businesses and investment firms united in a call for US leaders to build on the country's climate commitments…Their joint statement, released on the sidelines of the COP22…calls on President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump, and other elected US and global leaders to…accelerate efforts to transition to a low carbon economy. It stresses that meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement will deliver significant commercial and economic, as well as environmental, benefits…UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and diplomats from China and the EU have all argued in recent days that the falling cost of clean technologies means global efforts to tackle climate change are now "unstoppable", regardless of the stance of the Trump administration…

[Also refers to DuPont, Gap Inc., General Mills, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Hilton, HP Inc., Kellogg Company, Levi Strauss & Co., L'Oreal USA, NIKE, Mars Incorporated, Schneider Electric, Starbucks, Trillium Asset Management, VF Corporation, and Unilever.]