By Susie Gharib
December 14, 2016

If you’ve been feeling low about the future of the planet and the environment, don’t despair. Just listen to Mauricio Gutierrez, a determined Fortune 500 CEO, who is committed to climate change even as President elect Donald Trump talks down the importance of it.

Gutierrez heads up NRG Energy, one of the nation’s biggest electric utility companies and he has been aggressive about investing in clean energy options like solar and wind power.

Gutierrez tells Fortune’s Susie Gharib that he expects Trump will roll back some climate change policies including the Clean Power Plan that sets standards to reduce carbon pollution from American power plants. But, he adds, that won’t change NRG’s strategic goal of cutting the company’s carbon emissions in half by 2030. “I don’t think the next four years will deviate us from doing what we think is the right thing to do,” says Gutierrez.

Looking ahead to 2017, Gutierrez is upbeat about the outlook for the U.S. economy and expects an “attractive business environment” under President Trump. While he supports the idea of tax cuts and construction spending projects, he warns that “there are tradeoffs”.

“That money has to come from somewhere,”he explains. “And if we want to have tax breaks at the same time we need to make sure that these objectives are not contrary to each other, but are actually complementary because at the end of the day, it’s a zero sum game. It needs to add up.”.


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