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20 Jul 2017

Han Chen, NRDC

Groups Misled Trump on Economic Case Against Paris Agreement

The Industrial Energy Consumers of America sent a letter to Trump on May 15, expressing their support for withdrawal from Paris. In their letter, they claimed to represent large member companies with over $1 trillion in annual sales.... [yet] many of the companies IECA claims to be speaking on behalf of, like Dow, Alcoa, Corning and LafargeHolcim, publicly issued statements in support of the Paris Agreement—completely contradicting the stance of the IECA letter...Supporting a withdrawal from this global agreement would contradict many members’ own sustainability goals and emphasis on climate action. Still, many IECA members have yet to address the letter and their alleged support for Trump withdrawing from the Paris Agreement...Even Fortune 500 companies like Dow, Alcoa, Kimberly-Clark, Weyerhaeuser, and Westrock have yet to speak out on this issue. For these companies to keep portraying themselves as environmental stewards and climate leaders—they cannot be funding and providing credibility to an organization such as IECA... First, it is time for companies to clarify whether they are in agreement with IECA that the US should withdraw from the Paris Agreement and international climate action. Second, companies should follow the example set by Eastman and re-evaluate their membership in this association.

[refers to Abbot Laboratories, Ag Processing Inc, Agrium, Air Products and Chemicals, Air America Liquide LP, Airgas Inc, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Ascend Performance Materials, Ash Grove Cement, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, CalPortland, Carpenter Technology Corporation, Cascade Steel Rolling Mills Inc, Celanese Corporation, CF Industries, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, Corning, Deere & Company, Domtar, Evonik Corporation, FCA US LLC, FMC Corporation, Formosa Plastics Corporation, Gerdau, Guardian Industries Corporation, Incitec Pivot, Johns Manville, LafargeHolcim, Lehigh Hanson Inc, Linde Inc, LyndellBasell, Marathon Refining, MillerCoors, National Gypsum Company, Olin Corporation, Owens-Illinois Inc, Rain Cll Carbon, Riceland Foods Inc, TimkenSteel Corporation, USG Corporation, Verso Corporation, US Steel Corporation]