DuPont, General Mills, Hilton, Levi Strauss & Co., and the Mars candy empire headed a parade of more than 360 U.S.-based and international businesses and large investors that called on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump last week to step away from his apparent intent to abandon America’s climate goals.
“We want the U.S. economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy,” the group coordinated by several international NGOs wrote in an open letter to Trump, U.S. President Barack Obama, and the U.S. Congress. “Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk. But the right action now will create jobs and boost U.S. competitiveness.”
The letter called on the United States to continue to implement the Paris Agreement, maintain low-carbon policies, and invest in clean energy innovation.
“Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement will enable and encourage businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to bring clean energy prosperity to all,” the group added.
Other participants in the so-called 360+ group included Gap, Hewlett Packard, Kellogg, Nike, Starbucks, and Unilever. Other analysts have suggested that quitting the agreement may be harder than Trump anticipates.