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Leading CEOs to President and Senate: Enact Clean Energy and Climate Legislation Now

Pete Altman

Posted May 27, 2010 in Solving Global Warming

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Yesterday, President Obama said "I'm going to keep fighting to pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation."  

There are clearly a lot of businesses willing to help him in that fight. Today, a group of 60 leading businesses and groups sent a letter to the President and the Senate urging them to enact clean energy and climate legislation. These businesses and groups — including GE, EEI, General Motors and more — represent more than $1.2 trillion in revenue and over 1 million employees.

The letter states:

The time to act is now. The U.S. needs a comprehensive energy and climate policy that will get us back on track by creating American jobs in the new, low-carbon economy.

The United States has an opportunity to lower greenhouse gas emissions and become the world’s leader in a burgeoning clean energy economy. We face a critical moment that will determine whether we will be able to unleash homegrown American innovation or remain stuck in the economic status quo. Much as the transcontinental railroad ushered in an unprecedented era of expansion, innovation and economic growth, the transition to a diversified clean energy economy offers extraordinary opportunities for environmental and economic rewards. Americans need and deserve a comprehensive energy and climate policy and we urge you to take action without delay.

Now these are the big dogs in the US business world like GE, Google and other Fortune 100 companies, 

As I've previously noted, there are thousands of small businesses that also support this agenda as well. All told, over 6,000 businesses of all kinds and sizes support clean energy and climate legislation.

UPDATES: E&E News just posted a story on this (subscrip required), and added that the International Emissions Trading Association has also sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him to start debate on climate legislation, saying,

"While the American Power Act is not perfect, the longer the nation waits to begin reducing emissions, the harder and more expensive it will be to reach any given emissions target. We simply cannot afford to delay."

 

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