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Sustainability voices react to Donald Trump's victory

Early reactions to his ascendancy to the Oval Office mixed shock with calls to action.

Don't kill the messenger; Twitter channeled plenty of political poison in the 2016 presidential contest, but it also served as an organizing platform and a therapeutic outlet on a global scale. By its own count, 1 billion election-related tweets have run since August last year, and election-day tweets exceeded those from the day President Barack Obama won in 2012 by at least 8 million.

Reactions on Twitter among business sustainability leaders and the GreenBiz community at large were largely silent around midnight Pacific as Donald Trump delivered a victory speech. Is it the late hour or the shock? David Crane, for one, declared #Imwithher here just days ago. Nate Silver's forecast was favoring a "Pantsuit Nation" for Hillary Clinton at the start of election day.

Trump has famously tweeted that climate change is "a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese,” has vowed to yank the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, and offers a fossil-fuel-focused energy platform. What does his win mean for professionals engaged in alternative energy, resilient cities, sustainable food systems, green building and beyond? Here are early reactions from the cusp of Trump's upset and immediately following it. We'll add more as they come.

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