Obama: Clean energy is good for business, not just 'tree-huggers'

By Gregory Korte, USA Today News

WASHINGTON — The White House is enlisting Fortune 500 CEOs in its attempts to reach a breakthrough agreement on climate change, announcing agreements with 68 more companies committed to reducing their greenhouse gasses ahead of international talks in Paris.

The CEOs are among the 81 major companies that have now made specific commitments on climate. But just as important for President Obama, they're also putting a business-friendly face on his clean energy initiatives.

"Historically, when you start talking about an issue like climate change, the perception is that this is an environmental issue. It's for tree huggers, and that hard-headed business people either don't care about it or see it as a conflict with their bottom lines," Obama said after the meeting. "But for these companies, they’re discovering that they can enhance their bottom lines."