Climate change is the single largest challenge of our time. It demands that governments, businesses and individuals take action to stave off its worst effects. It is clear that halting climate change is essential to economic growth. Moreover, business leaders have discovered there is enormous economic opportunity in lessening carbon emissions through technological innovation. E2 is here to present the experiences and insights of business leaders to policy makers at the federal and state level, explaining both the risks to business’ bottom lines from the climate crisis and the enormous economic value inherent in stopping it. E2 members were also able to contribute their voices to those seeking a strong international accord to reduce global carbon emissions at the COP21 Paris Climate Conference last December. Click here for a listing of all of E2’s activities related to the agreement.
Economic reliance on fossil fuels – often coal and petroleum – has contributed massively to the global climate crisis and exacerbated national security issues for the United States. To make Americans more secure and stimulate a stronger, more efficient economy, we must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and invest in domestic industries that mitigate vulnerabilities caused by climate change and the importation of oil from foreign governments. E2 members support policies which aid in the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency. As an organization, E2 has been involved at every level with the now finalized Clean Power Plan, proposing a mechanism for driving down carbon emissions and incentivizing cleaner sources of energy for several years. Please see our actions linked to the Clean Power Plan.
E2 supports Department of Defense initiatives to reduce the military’s dependence on fossil fuels by developing low-carbon alternatives; to increase fuel, energy and resource independence and efficiency in all its operations; and to deploy clean energy generation on military installations and forward operating bases. Military leaders are aggressively pursuing these “mission critical” initiatives to enhance national security; to improve the safety and warfighting capability of its personnel and to reduce costs. The military also recognizes that climate change is a geopolitical threat multiplier that is already destabilizing regions and stretching U.S. capacity to respond to global emergencies. In executing on these initiatives, the U.S. military has become a leading driver and market maker for clean energy technologies.
Every year it becomes more evident that climate change contributes to unpredictable weather patterns – which often result in severe drought in areas used to sporadic rainfall, and to flooding in wetter areas. On top of policies to cut down on carbon emissions broadly, E2 supports more targeted programs and incentives aimed at inspiring innovative technologies; such programs and technologies can be used to relieve drought stricken agricultural regions and trap excess precipitation for use by cities and other communities.