As U.N. meets for climate summit, former ambassador Nikki Haley says government should give more incentives for businesses ‘to do the right things’

The former South Carolina governor spoke to a business-friendly crowd in Hershey.

  • Ed Mahon

Following the United Nations Climate Action Summit, 77 countries are committing to carbon neutrality by 2050. The United States isn’t one of them.

On the same day world leaders gathered to discuss cutting greenhouse gas emissions, Nikki Haley, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told a Pennsylvania crowd that businesses should be encouraged to innovate.

“Government needs to provide more positive incentives for businesses to do the right things,” Haley said at the annual dinner for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry in Hershey. “And we need to applaud them when they do, not demonize them all as enemies of the Earth.”

Haley, a Republican and former South Carolina governor, called man-made climate change a serious issue. But she warned that some proposed solutions would cripple the economy.

While serving as U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Haley supported President Trump’s decision to withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

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