Poll: Majority of Small Business Owners Worried About Climate, Ready for Action

063014SmallBiz_OrigSmall business owners are worried about climate change, and support action on the issue, according to a new poll by the American Sustainable Business Council. The poll, which was recently featured by ThinkProgress, found that close to 90 percent of small business owners say that climate change could harm in their business in the future. Moreover, small business owners support action: more than six in 10 say the government should regulate carbon emissions from power plants. The poll included 555 owners of businesses with between two and 99 employees.
 

Poll: Small Business Owners: Climate Action Will Protect Our Livelihoods

Andrew Breiner, Social Media Reporter for ThinkProgress
 
Small businesses are already seeing the impacts of climate change, and they’re ready to do something about it. A poll of small business owners released Wednesday from the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) found that 87 percent are worried that climate change impacts will harm their businesses, 64 percent support some kind of government regulation on carbon pollution, and 40 percent even say they’d accept a 10 percent increase in energy prices rather than suffer the consequences of climate change.
 
The poll of 555 owners of businesses with between two and ninety-nine employees also found that 57 percent are concerned about carbon pollution, and 57 percent also thought big carbon emitters should make the biggest reductions and bear most of the costs of cuts.
 
Business owners shared their stories of climate change impacts on a call organized by the ASBC Wednesday. Christine Hughes, the owner of Village Bakery & Cafe in Athens, Ohio, said they had already seen flour shortages due to drought in the west, a disrupted supply of maple syrup due to unusual winters, and extreme weather in Ohio like the 2012 derecho. “There’s no question that climate change endangers our business,” Hughes said.
 
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