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Business and Utility CEOs Call for Action on Energy and Climate

The Message to President Obama and Congress: “We Can Lead”

June 23, 2009 – In a new series of print ads running in key Washington, DC publications, business leaders from companies of all sizes and across numerous sectors are calling upon President Obama and Congress to swiftly enact comprehensive legislation to cut carbon pollution and create an economy-wide cap and trade program.
Washington D.C. Jun 23, 2009

In a new series of print ads running in key Washington, DC publications, business leaders from companies of all sizes and across numerous sectors are calling upon President Obama and Congress to swiftly enact comprehensive legislation to cut carbon pollution and create an economy-wide cap and trade program.

In a letter published today, a broad group of business leaders endorsed passage of legislation to cut carbon pollution and boost clean energy:

“We support this legislation because certainty and clear rules of the road enable us to plan, build, innovate and expand our businesses.  This will drive investment into cost-saving, energy-saving technologies and will create the next wave of jobs in the new energy economy.”

The ongoing “We Can Lead” campaign is putting the spotlight on the growing number of businesses, investors and entrepreneurs working to make the United States the economic leader in clean energy innovation and new job growth in manufacturing and generation.

“Nobody understands the requirements for building a strong economy better than business leaders and innovators”, said Clean Economy Network Executive Director Jeff Anderson.  “The businesses that added their names to this statement know that leading on climate and energy is the pathway to a stronger economy.  We must act now in order to compete with China, India, Germany and Japan to ensure that the millions of new jobs at stake in engineering, manufacturing and installation land here in the United States.”

"A huge segment of the American business community wants action now, including many of the nation's largest utilities and consumer companies," said Ceres president Mindy S. Lubber, whose group coordinates the Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition.  Eight BICEP companies signed the ad. "This bill is the spark for America to catalyze a clean energy economy - with all the jobs, environmental and health benefits that come with it."

For more on the campaign, visit www.wecanlead.org

Companies signing the ad include:

  • Applied Materials
  • Aspen Snowmass
  • Austin Energy
  • Avista
  • Clif Bar
  • Duke Energy
  • eBay
  • Exelon
  • FPL Group
  • HP
  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Levi Strauss & Co.
  • National Grid
  • Nike
  • NRG
  • PG&E
  • PSEG
  • Seventh Generation
  • Symantec
  • Starbucks

For more on the campaign, visit www.wecanlead.org

The Clean Economy Network Inc. (CEN) is the advocacy organization for the clean technology and green business community.  As the political voice for the investors, entrepreneurs, and business professionals who are building the clean economy, CEN supports the development of public policies critical to scaling the clean economy as a whole, creating jobs, and addressing climate change.

These ads (paid for by the Clean Economy Network) are running in 3 publications - Politico, Roll Call and CQ Today - running for 3 days starting today - 6/23, 6/24, 6/25 - they are also posted online at www.wecanlead.org

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