The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is deeply disappointed by the President’s decision to not be a part of the global Paris Climate Agreement. We wish to dispel the myth that withdrawal from this agreement is ‘good’ for U.S. business. It is not. Withdrawing from this important agreement is not only damaging to our leadership on the international stage, but it makes our companies less competitive and will inevitably cost America jobs in the long term – especially those in the rapidly growing market of alternative and renewable energy. The biggest justification for withdrawal from the agreement is frankly shortsighted.
The Paris Climate Agreement provided a framework for tackling the threats posed by climate change and gave the United States a role in steering the global response to those threats. In the absence of a formal U.S. presence in the agreement, we strongly support efforts by American businesses, as well as state and local governments across the country, to provide leadership in combating climate change. Dedication to clean technologies, renewable energy and overall efficiency in water and natural resource usage is critical, as are new approaches to sustainable agriculture, and alternative transportation methods. Real progress has already been made on these fronts, with an increasing share of American companies obtaining a greater percentage of their energy from wind, solar and other clean sources
The USHCC will continue to advocate for an all-inclusive energy strategy friendly to small businesses, and stand against the costly burdens of overregulation that fall on businesses across all sectors. However, our association will remain resolute in our commitment to environmental stewardship as we support solutions that are both environmentally friendly and pro-growth.