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WASHINGTON: January 10, 2019. As Donald Trump continues his obsession with building a wall on the US/Mexican boarder, over 500 US business leaders and investors have written to all members of the 116th Congress to address instead a real economic threat to America - climate change.

E2 entrepreneursAt the end of November the Trump administration published the country’s 4th National Climate Assessment, produced and agreed by 13 government agencies, that details how exhausted fisheries, declining crop yields from agriculture, deteriorating infrastructure, lost tourism dollars, and extreme weather damages, will cost the US economy an estimated US$500 billion a year by 2100.

Organized by E2 Environmental Entrepreneurs and signed by executives and entrepreneurs from the real estate, investment, agriculture, energy and technology sectors nationwide, the letter calls on legislators to ensure the US reaches the emissions reduction goals set out in the Paris Climate agreement; stops the Trump administration rollbacks of automobile efficiency and emissions standards and power industry clean air standards; and advances policies to quickly deploy clean energy and clean vehicles and upgrade the country’s electricity grid.

“Businesses and investors across the country are already experiencing the losses and other economic impacts of climate change – whether from horrific fires in the West, hurricanes and flooding in the East or crop losses in the Midwest. The conclusions are clear: It’s only going to get worse if we do nothing,” declared E2 executive director Bob Keefe. “Right now, this Congress is our best hope in Washington to get America back on track with policies that can help our environment while also creating jobs and driving economic growth. Congress must act, and act immediately,” he added.

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