US businesses call for climate law

Apr 10, 2013
A woman holds a sign advocating more attention for climate change at a rally on April 25, 2010 in Washington, DC. Several major companies issued a joint call Wednesday for the United States to enact legislation to battle climate change, saying that the issue was critical to their businesses.

Several major companies issued a joint call Wednesday for the United States to enact legislation to battle climate change, saying that the issue was critical to their businesses.

Thirty-three firms including online retailer , tech giant Intel, coffee leader Starbucks and sportswear makers Adidas, Nike, Patagonia, The North Face and Timberland called a threat that required coordinated action.

"We cannot risk our kids' futures on the false hope that the vast majority of scientists are wrong," the companies said in a statement.

They said that taking action on climate change was critical for the United States to "maintain our way of life and remain a true superpower in a competitive world."

The companies said they were taking action on their own to reduce blamed for climate change, but that nationwide measures were needed either to preserve natural resources or level the playing field among businesses.

Cynthia Curtis of software maker CA Technologies said that companies came to the discussion "as a dot-com, not as a dot-org" and believed that legislation could spur economic growth.

"The business opportunities associated with moving to a clean have been vacant, pretty much, in the dialogue and we want to change that," she said at an event announcing the companies' pressure campaign.

President has vowed to put a priority on reducing emissions after the planet charted a series of record hot years and in the wake of major disasters such as superstorm Sandy that some experts link to climate change.

But most lawmakers from the rival Republican Party, with the support of business-backed groups, have opposed such legislation, saying it would be too costly and questioning the science behind climate change.

An earlier effort backed by Obama to set the first nationwide restrictions on died in the Senate in 2010.

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Follow the money and you will find out that most businesses calling for climate law will profit from it in some way. Just like GE & Siemens support green energy because they make most of the wind turbines, and smart grid equipment.

Global cooling ('70s to early '80s), Global warming ('90s to early '00s), and Global climate change ('00s) have all been good brands for enabling big research money, and government subsidy grabs by universities, special interests, and large companies.

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