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Business Policy Summit to Push Congress with Proposal for Pricing Carbon along with Discussion of Other Economic, Social and Environmental Issues

For Immediate Release: 
October 28, 2014

Nov 12 – 14, 2014 Washington, D.C.

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Bob Keener

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 28, 2014)—With climate concerns among its top issues, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents more than 200,000 U.S. businesses, today announced that it will be releasing a proposal for setting a price on carbon at its third annual Washington, D.C. Business Summit, November 12 - 14, 2014. ASBC believes that climate change is a major threat to business and the economy, and that the most effective and comprehensive way to reduce carbon emissions is to make them more expensive. Further, while businesses are increasingly adopting internal cost measures that reduce carbon emissions, ASBC believes that those voluntary efforts will not be enough and so the best long-term solution is for Congress to enact carbon pricing.

“With mounting evidence of climate change, the need for congressional action to cut carbon pollution is clear,” said ASBC’s Vice President of Policy Richard Eidlin. “A simple way to cut carbon emissions is to institute a price on each ton of carbon emitted. Evidence from other countries proves that this approach is effective―and can have a positive impact on the economy. As pressure grows from voters and the business community, Congress needs to take action.”

At the summit, ASBC will finalize its existing discussion draft of the proposal and present it to attending members for approval. ASBC had previously joined a petition calling for a price on carbon, which was organized by the World Bank in conjunction with the U.N Summit in September this year.

Other issues addressed at the ASBC summit will include building a sustainable workforce, tax reform, safer chemicals, sustainable agriculture and innovative business models.

Attendance at the summit is open to all, but limited. ASBC members and members of its more than 80 member organizations pay a reduced price. More information and the online registration form may be found here:

The American Sustainable Business Council represents a membership network of more than 200,000 businesses nationwide, and more than 325,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers and investors. The Council informs policy makers, business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant and sustainable economy.