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As The Climate Group marks a decade of working to bring business, government and civil society leaders together to address climate change, they explain why the work we’re doing to help build a thriving low carbon economy is more urgent than ever before.

Jim Yong Kim Decades of progress are now in danger of being rolled back, because of climate change. This is a ‘make-or-break’ decade for action on global warming. 

– Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group
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America's long history of prosperity was built by entrepreneurial innovators in science and technology. These visionaries imagined and then created a new and better way of doing things which was the catalyst for a century of prosperity. We need powerful new thinking in that same vein in order to challenge and transcend the limits of our high-carbon economy with clean energy innovation.

–  Entrepreneur and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams

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Todd Stern

A new agreement in Paris in 2015 is so important. And it will only work if it leaves ideology at the door; combines ambition with a practical understanding of each country’s capabilities and constraints; and devises a structure that promotes action by all.

– Todd Stern, US Special Envoy for Climate Change

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It’s time for us to recognize that the threat of climate change is a massive opportunity to innovate and create a clean energy, low carbon economy.

– Tom Steyer, founder and former Co-Senior Managing Partner of Farallon Capital Management, LLC

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Steven Anderson

Clean energy can stimulate the economy, and a strong economy is more secure. It gives us opportunity to tap into the innate entrepreneurial drive and intellectual capital of this nation in a big way.”

– Brigadier General Steven Anderson (Retired)

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Finding alternative energy is vital to our national security.

– Condoleezza Rice, Former US Secretary of State

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Richard Branson

We need to cultivate leadership that is ready and willing to drive innovation and lead progress towards the Clean Revolution. We need leaders ready to accept that the fruits of their work may not be seen during their tenure but will be valued by those whose survival depends on this work: their children's children.

– Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur

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If the US fails to invent new technologies and create new markets and new jobs that will drive the transformation and revitalization of the $5 trillion global energy industry, we will have lost an opportunity to lead in what is arguably the largest and most pervasive technology sector in the world. However, if the U.S. successfully innovates in clean energy, our country stands to reap enormous benefits.

– The American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC)

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Hannah Jones

If you look at innovation through [the] lens of sustainability, you find yourself creating new and better products. You open up new markets.

– Hannah Jones, VP of Sustainable Business and Innovation, Nike

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Climate Change threatens security because it is a “threat multiplier” and an “accelerant of instability.” It is already driving internal and cross-border migration and harming food and water security; leading to conflict. The importance that military and defence planners place on climate change shows that the world is demanding action to address this issue.

– Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.), CEO American Security Project 

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Bob Inglis

This debate is an opportunity for conservatives to step forward with a bold alternative. Rather than capping, regulating and growing government, we should be talking about a ‘true cost’ comparison between competing fuels–-eliminating all subsidies for all fuels, attaching all costs to all fuels through an upstream application of a carbon tax, pairing that tax with a dollar-for-dollar cut in other taxes, and making it border adjustable so it’s removed on exports and imposed on imports.

– Former Republican US Representative Bob Inglis and Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative

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Today we can power our stores with energy from wind and sun; and light customers´ homes with LEDs, which are the next best thing compared to day light. But the clock is ticking and we need the next wave of smart government policies and incentives - we have to turbo charge this clean revolution. Business is ready.

– Steve HowardIKEA 

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