Climate agreement will feed jobs in the United States, business and labor leaders say

By Matthew Lavietes NEW YORK, December 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leading corporate executives and labor leaders issued a public petition Monday for the United States to remain in the global pact to avoid catastrophic temperature increases, arguing that the battle against change climate would protect the economy of the nation. and create jobs and businesses. The group that included Apple, Tesla, Unilever and Royal Dutch Shell chiefs said the Paris Agreement on global warming would boost economic health and create competitive businesses, in a statement released when the UN climate talks began in Madrid. The administration of President Donald Trump plans to take the United States, one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases that heat the planet, from the 2015 agreement adopted by nearly 200 nations with the goal of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and ideally at 1.5 degrees. Trump has argued that the Paris agreement would cost the United States billions of dollars, kill millions of jobs and hamper the oil, gas, coal and manufacturing industries. The formal process of withdrawing from the pact began last month. The group of 75 executives who expressed support for the Paris agreement said they employed more than 2 million American workers, while union leaders represented 12.5 million workers. Complying with the Paris Agreement will strengthen our competitiveness in world markets, positioning the United States to lead the deployment of new technologies that support the transition, provide our workers and communities, and create jobs and companies built to last, they said. The International Labor Organization (ILO) has said that 24 million new jobs could be created worldwide by 2030 under policies to promote a greener economy. Sustainable energy jobs would more than compensate for some 6 million jobs that would be lost elsewhere, he said. The ILO has also said that rising heat due to climate change could eliminate 80 million jobs by 2030, with the most affected poor countries. Executives and labor leaders called for a fair transition for workers whose jobs in the fossil fuel industry will disappear as economies move to renewable energy sources. In the climate talks in Madrid, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that most people would benefit from greener economies, but that social policies were needed to care for those who would be left without work in sectors with high carbon content In any transition there are always people who will be negatively affected, he told reporters. Today ... the green economy is more profitable than the economy of the past, but it is true that there will surely be certain areas that will suffer, and that is why we are in favor of a just transition. Governments have the task in Madrid to establish the final rules to implement the Paris agreement and prepare to strengthen their national climate action plans next year. Union executives and leaders said efforts to curb emissions advanced very slowly as extreme weather worsens and sea levels rise. There has been progress, but not enough, said his statement. This moment requires greater and more accelerated action than we have seen. (Matthew Lavietes report; additional report by Megan Rowling in Madrid. Ellen Wulfhorst edition. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, which covers humanitarian news, women's rights and LGBT +, trafficking in people, property rights and climate change, visit This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)