A Small Business Blueprint for Climate Policies that Bolster Job Growth and Economic Opportunity: An Assessment of the EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan

Publisher: 
Small Business Majority
Date: 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Small Business Majority's assessment of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan on small businesses finds the proposal is an essential step toward addressing the threat of climate change while bolstering small businesses and unleashing new economic opportunities. The paper includes recommendations policymakers can follow as they begin implementing the Clean Power Plan—first-ever standards limiting the emissions of carbon from power plants.

The paper discuss why the EPA’s proposal will help small businesses looking to maximize investment around a clean energy economy through demand- and supply-side job opportunities in construction, manufacturing, strategic consulting, energy efficiency and green marketing, just to name a few. The paper also highlights examples of existing state policies that have been successful in reducing emissions, spurring innovation and providing cost savings. 

Specifically, it finds the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will help small businesses and the economy by:

  • Spurring innovation and investment in low and no-carbon technologies
  • Helping create new energy infrastructure and energy efficiency technologies, as well as services
  • Providing the market signals businesses, entrepreneurs and investors need in energy and environmental policies
  • Mitigating the effects of climate change and extreme weather events that are wrecking havoc on small firms by reducing carbon emissions. 

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