Statement of Bob Perciasepe
President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
May 27, 2017
On climate change discussions at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy:
President Trump is returning to Washington with a much clearer sense of the overwhelming global support for the Paris Agreement. As he considers next steps, we hope the president pays close attention to the many U.S. business leaders who are telling him that staying in the agreement is good for U.S. jobs, growth and competitiveness.
U.S. emissions are at a 25-year low and the transition toward cleaner energy is well underway. Cities, states and companies are all stepping up their efforts. We’re confident a balanced and thorough analysis will show that the U.S. can maintain or even strengthen its climate ambition, with significant economic gains.
The Paris Agreement is a sensible global response to a truly global challenge. Pulling out would undermine the climate effort, damage U.S. relations, and put U.S. companies at a competitive disadvantage. World leaders, business leaders and a strong majority of Americans think the U.S. should stay in Paris. President Trump will hopefully arrive at the same conclusion.
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