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Trump Presidential Victory: What Industry Leaders Are Saying

Donald TrumpPresident-elect Donald Trump’s victory on Tuesday night could have major implications for environmental and energy management, starting with his pick to lead, or possibly eliminate, the EPA.

Climate skeptic Myron Ebell is reportedly a top choice. Ebell is the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, whose donors include Marathon Petroleum, Koch Industries, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, and Murray Energy, which is suing the EPA to overturn the Clean Power Plan.

Still, industry leaders say they are committed to working with the new president come Jan. 1. And they’re also committed advancing the low-carbon economy.

Here are some of the statements from business groups about Trump winning the 2016 US presidential election:

“The stunning US election results are in, but we should refrain from thinking they will completely thwart climate action and the clean energy economy in the US and around the world. Today’s reality is that the transition to the low-carbon economy is irreversible, inevitable and fully underway. There’s no turning back…The business case for climate action and sustainability is stronger than ever, and the climate science is incontrovertible.” — Ceres president Mindy Lubber

“We look forward to working with the new administration on smart energy policies that protect the United States as the global leader in oil and natural gas production, development, and refining, as well as in reducing carbon emissions. We are second to no one and we can build on this success by joining together with policies that embrace our nation’s energy renaissance including increased energy production and infrastructure development while rejecting policies that could potentially harm job creation or raise costs on American consumers and businesses.” — American Petroleum Institute president and CEO Jack Gerard

“We congratulate president-elect Trump on his election and look forward to working cooperatively with his Administration to enact policies that strengthen the economy while making it more inclusive and protecting the environment. We will work hard to persuade his advisors and staff to consider the priorities of the growing ranks of responsible businesses. These priorities include:

  • Infrastructure improvement to create jobs and make the American economy stronger
  • High-road workplace policies such as paid family leave that help build the middle class and boost our economy
  • Clean energy and other steps to curtail the damage of climate change on businesses
  • Trade deals that work to ensure a healthy economy for US businesses while creating good jobs and protecting the environment
  • Research, development and business innovation for safer chemicals and products.
  • Building stronger, more resilient local economies.” — American Sustainable Business Council co-founder and CEO David Levine

“As president-elect Trump builds his administration, we expect his team will begin to understand that smart climate action can promote economic growth, bringing good jobs across America’s heartland. The administration will also come to realize that climate action is now a core part of US international diplomacy. The country has committed to the Paris Agreement and moving forward with this global pact is critical to preserve America’s trust and credibility in the world.” — World Resources Institute president and CEO Andrew Steer

“The coal sector has been devastated by lower demand and job loss in recent years due to the mounting impact of regulations pointed squarely at our industry. These regulations have significantly increased the cost of coal for electricity generation and industrial use, made it less competitive against other fuels, and resulted in the closure of a large number of coal plants. Rather than offer environmental benefits, regulatory streamlining, and business planning certainty, regulations have become about costs, administrative burdens, and lost jobs.” — American Coal Council CEO Betsy Monseu

“The president-elect repeatedly expressed strong support for ethanol, generally, and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), specifically, on the campaign trail. He understands the importance of clean, domestic energy resources and the economic power of value-added agriculture. We are confident Mr. Trump will continue to support the expanded production and use of fuel ethanol…We look forward to working with a Trump administration to remove unnecessary volatility restrictions that have discouraged market acceptance of higher level ethanol blends like E15 and created unreasonable administrative burdens on gasoline marketers willing to offer these fuels to consumers.” — Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen

“Manufacturing and business leaders from across the country have pledged to rebuild trust in our democratic and economic institutions so that we can ensure our exceptional country offers abundant opportunity to all…We will do our part, sharing our ideas and our expertise with President-elect Trump and the 115th Congress to lead by example and set a productive tone for this next chapter in our nation’s history. At the same time, we will celebrate and defend the values that make our nation great; chief among those are free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity.” — National Association of Manufacturers president and CEO Jay Timmons

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