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Small U.S. Businesses Join Major Companies in Pushing for Climate and Energy Bill Action

Thousands of Small Business Owners Merge with BICEP, USCAP, Other Global Businesses in Calling for Bold Clean Energy Policies in 2009

Small business support for strong climate and energy legislation from Congress this year merged forcefully today with widespread existing support from dozens of major U.S. businesses.
WASHINGTON D.C. May 13, 2009

Small business support for strong climate and energy legislation from Congress this year merged forcefully today with widespread existing support from dozens of major U.S. businesses.

MoveOn.org announced that nearly 10,000 small business leaders nationwide signed a statement urging the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to stop lobbying against President Obama's plan for clean energy jobs, and support strong climate and energy policies the administration seeks such as the Waxman-Markey bill now before the House. MoveOn reports that more than 600 of its signatories are Chamber members themselves.

Today’s statement comes as several major companies that are part of the U.S. Chamber have publicly challenged Chamber leadership for misrepresenting their views by opposing strong climate and clean energy policies. (see below).

In fact, a very large number of America’s biggest businesses now favor strong climate and energy legislation:

  • Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition coordinated by Ceres, has publicly endorsed core principles of the Waxman/Markey bill and released its own strong guidelines. The coalition includes Nike, Starbucks, Sun Microsystems, Levi Strauss, Symantec and a half-dozen other global consumer companies.
  • A second group of major businesses, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), also supports pollution reduction targets, carbon caps and immediate steps to improve energy efficiency and boost clean energy. There are differences with BICEP over how far and fast to go – but not over the need to get there.
  • Regarding the large segment of major U.S. Chamber members that BACK strong climate and energy legislation, read Slate Magazine’sClimate Change Schizophrenia” (4/21/09) and Politico’sChamber Under Fire on Warming” (5/5/09).

Business support for passing strong climate and energy legislation this year is quite strong. Reporters interested in speaking with these companies can use the contact information above for BICEP and MoveOn.org.

About Ceres
Ceres, which helped organize BICEP, is  a leading coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change.

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