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12 Jun 2017

Han Chen, NRDC

IECA claims to represent companies that oppose Paris agreement

"Companies Defend Paris Deal Because of its Economic Benefits", Published on 1 June 2017

The Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) purports to represent companies worth over $1 trillion in sales who reject the Paris Agreement...Based on the 2015 listing of members, the IECA is...intentionally exaggerating the opposition to the Paris Agreement and falsely leveraging the voice of member companies... Several companies [listed as members] have publicly declared support for the Paris Agreement…[and]…companies that claim to embrace sustainability such as Eastman Chemical cannot claim social responsibility if they are also calling for withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and undermining America’s effort to reduce emissions through their membership in IECA. The International Paper Company signed the ABA Climate Pledge supporting a Paris deal, Owens Corning signed the Low Carbon USA letter supporting Paris, and SABIC has publicly touted their participation at the Paris COP21 venue...These companies must either come clean about their position on the Paris Agreement or extricate themselves from anti-climate groups such as the IECA. [Refers to Alcoa, Corning, Dow, Eastman, LafargeHolcim, International Paper, Koch Foundation, Koch Industries, Nucor, Owens Corning, SABIC]