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Pumping Political Iron: Consumer Companies Flex Their Climate Change Muscle (Part 3)

The Ceres podcast caught up with Jim Hanna, Environmental Affairs Manager at Starbucks Coffee Company to talk about Starbucks' views on climate and energy legislation and the company's involvement in Ceres' new coalition, Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).

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An interview with Jim Hanna, Environmental Affairs Manager at Starbucks Coffee Company


Pumping Political Iron(April 14, 2009) Congress is gearing up to debate some of the furthest reaching environmental legislation it’s faced since the creation of the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. And support for strong action on climate is coming from unlikely places—like the board rooms of major U.S. consumer companies, such as Nike, Starbucks, Sun Microsystems, Levi Strauss and eBay, to name a few.

Called Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy, or BICEP, this coalition of consumer brand companies, with Ceres close coordination, is advocating for 100% auction of carbon allowances in a cap and trade program, reduction targets of greenhouse gas emissions at 25% below 1990 levels by 2020 and a halt to construction of any new coal fired power plants that don’t capture and store carbon dioxide.

The Ceres podcast caught up with Jim Hanna, Environmental Affairs Manager at Starbucks Coffee Company to talk about Starbucks' views on climate and energy legislation and the company's involvement in Ceres' new coalition, Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).

[Music: Rattatat, "Wildcat" from Classics (XI Recordings, 2006) and Bonobo, "Transmission 94" from Days to Come (Ninja Tune, 2006)]