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NFTC Rolls Out U.S. Business Community Principles for Clean Energy Export Promotion
Date: 7/27/2011
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, (202) 822-9491

Washington DC – On Capitol Hill, the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) today held a lunch to release a set of U.S. business community principles encouraging more coordinated and aggressive U.S. clean energy export promotion. The principles, titled "Encouraging U.S. Clean Energy Exports: A Set of Private-Sector Principles," highlight how demand for U.S. clean energy products and services is critical to creating U.S. jobs and maintaining U.S. leadership in the 21st century global economy. During the event, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative David Dreier (R-CA) delivered keynote remarks, and senior business, U.S. government and environmental organization representatives participated in a panel discussion on ways to enhance U.S. clean energy export promotion.

"More active and aggressive promotion by the U.S. government of clean energy exports will drive U.S. leadership of the global clean energy economy," said NFTC Vice President for Global Trade Issues Jake Colvin. "These principles outline for the Administration and Congress specific policies that will create American jobs and improve the environment and economy."

In addition to the NFTC, other signatories on the principles include the Business Coalition for Sustainable Energy, Business Roundtable, Coalition of Service Industries, Emergency Committee for American Trade, Information Technology Industry Council, National Association of Manufacturers, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Council for International Business.

The groups urge the U.S. government to pursue more aggressively U.S. commercial diplomacy; better monitor and report on clean technology export promotion programs; further develop flexible clean technology funding mechanisms; protect American ideas and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) globally; modernize trade rules to reduce green trade barriers; and ensure technology neutrality in their efforts.

Click here to read the full text of the principles.
 



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