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Over 150 Companies From 30 Plus States To Support Comprehensive Energy & Climate Legislation
Electric Utilities, Consumer Giants, Innovators, Manufacturers & Clean Energy companies To Meet Top Administration Officials and Members of Congress
WASHINGTON, DC; October 5, 2009 - Over 150 businesses from more than 30 states are launching the next phase of their efforts to pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation. In one of the most diverse business gatherings of its kind in support of climate legislation, the group will come to the Nation's Capitol on October 6th and 7th, to advocate for comprehensive climate and energy policies to create over 1.7 million new jobs, cut carbon pollution, restore America's competitiveness and provide for our economic and national security.
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"America is a nation of great imagination and ingenuity," said Wayne Leonard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Entergy, a Louisiana based utility with 2.7 million customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. "More than ever, we need to tap into these uniquely American characteristics to mitigate the effects of climate change, and it will take a range of energy solutions to do so. I am pleased to be here in Washington with such a broad range of business leaders representing so many segments of the US economy to simply say, it is time to change the incentives around the production of carbon."
"This is a powerful message that U.S. businesses are united on the urgency for tackling climate change," said Timberland CEO Jeff Swartz. "Congress must help position us to be stronger and more competitive by accelerating the growth of a low-carbon global economy."
"A key question is whether or not the U.S. is a worldwide leader in the next great global industry, green technologies. We are not today," said John Doerr, Partner at venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. "The energy and climate legislation is crucial if we are to lead in Energy Technology the way we did in Internet Technologies."
"Comprehensive climate legislation will benefit our planet and economy and, if done right, signal the rebirth of American manufacturing," said Bill Keith, founder and CEO of Indiana-based SunRise Solar, Inc. "With clean energy demand on the rise, domestic manufacturers need a level playing field so we can ensure that American workers are building the parts and systems of the clean energy economy."
"If we give climate change the priority it deserves and tackle the problem seriously we will improve our nation's energy security, create new jobs, grow a new sector of the economy, and safeguard the planet for future generations," concluded Ralph Izzo, chairman, president and chief operating officer of PSEG, one of the nation's 10 largest electric companies based in New Jersey. "Establishing a price on carbon through a cap and trade program will give businesses the certainty they need to invest in the new energy economy."
Participants in the We Can Lead effort will meet with top Obama Administration officials and dozens of Senators to make their case for action this year. We Can Lead will hold a press conference on Wednesday, October 7th in the U.S. Capitol, at noon in Senate Room S-115.
We Can Lead is sponsored by the Clean Economy Network and Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).
The Clean Economy Network, Inc. (CEN) is a national advocacy association for the clean tech and green business community. CEN is a broad, nonpartisan network of business leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors from across the economy and across the political spectrum.
Ceres is the largest coalition of investors, environmental and public interest organizations in North America. Ceres launched the BICEP coalition, whose members include Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Starbucks, Sun Microsystems, The Timberland Company, Aspen Skiing Company, Clif Bar & Company, eBay, Gap Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle, The North Face, Seventh Generation and Symantec.