Friday, July 19, 2024

Latino Business Leaders meet with Congress to push for Climate Legislation

On February 2nd and 3rd, business leaders from around the country convened in Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress and voice their support for comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation in 2010.  The group included several prominent Latino business leaders who support climate legislation that will limit emissions and create incentives for the development of cleaner, more efficient technologies.  They also stressed that clean energy is a way of expanding business opportunities and creating jobs.

“Business owners recognize that clean energy legislation is vital to our long-term economic competitiveness. Latino business owners are no exception,” said Adrianna Quintero, director of La Onda Verde de NRDC. “Latino businesses have come out en force to support what they recognize will be a key to creating economic opportunities and jobs for the Latino community, a group hard hit by the economic downturn.”

“The United States has all the tools to be the leader in the global clean energy marketplace,” said Rosa Sugranes, President and CEO of Iberia Tiles.  “Thousands of business leaders like me know that unless we move quickly, we risk losing the progress we’ve made on clean energy technology.”

According to many in the business community, legislation to limit carbon emissions is fundamental to the establishment of market conditions that would make the clean-energy sector lucrative and prosperous.

“Those who oppose common sense policies to our nation’s economic and energy woes do not speak for the entire business community,” said Nicolas Ibarguen, Publisher and Editor of Poder Magazine. “This meeting shows the breadth of business support for legislation that will create economic opportunities for this country while giving us much needed energy independence.

The conference has been organized by Clean Energy Works, We Can Lead, and Voces Verdes.