Nationwide Network of Local Chambers of Commerce Calls Executive Order to Roll Back Clean Energy Misguided, Missed Opportunity

April 3, 2017

Local Leaders Will Continue to Drive Clean Energy Jobs, Investments

The National Advisory Council of Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE) issued this statement today. CICE is a network of 1,200 local chambers of commerce representing an estimated 900,000 businesses.

As one of the largest organizations of local chambers of commerce in the nation, we have first-hand experience with the economic benefits that clean energy and innovation are providing. That is why we believe that President Trump’s executive order rolling back American leadership in 21st century energy and innovation is misguided.

Reversing America’s commitment to clean energy-related regulations runs counter to what is actually creating energy independence and job growth in America. It also threatens to de-position America in the global energy innovation race while China and other nations make more significant commitments to clean energy.

In recent years, across the Midwest, South and other regions, local chambers have seen members increasingly grow jobs and attract investments through wind, solar, battery, and other innovative technologies in today’s changing energy economy. Some of the projects we have been proud to celebrate include:

  • More than $94 million in investments and the creation of 7,000 new jobs from new solar projects in Utah.
  • Wind farm projects in Ohio that are bringing $200 million, $300 million, and $600 million to three separate rural communities.
  • Opening of a $400 million wind farm in one of North Carolina’s most economically distressed communities.

Looking ahead, local chambers of commerce will continue to work with businesses and communities to support clean energy opportunities despite federal attempts to slow the momentum. As business leaders dedicated to the economic development of our local communities, it simply makes good economic sense.

Doug Luciani, CEO, TraverseCONNECT, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce (MI), Co-chair, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy Advisory Council

Aaron Nelson, CEO, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce (NC), Co-chair, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy Advisory Council

Diane Doucette, Executive Director, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy

A PDF can be found here.