Are we seeing a new era of corporate activism on climate change or is this just a fleeting moment?
Today, following on the heels of the latest defection from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its opposition to cap-and-trade, business executives from 150 companies in Washington, D.C., to lobby for climate change legislation.
Chamber quitters Nike, Exelon and PG&E will be at the We Can Lead Business Advocacy Day for Jobs and Competitiveness, along with other major players such as Duke Energy and PSE&G. They’ll be addressed by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar tonight, Energy Secretary Steven Chu tomorrow and, Greenwire, will meet with the “Gang of 16” senators, whose support will be crucial to the passage of Kerry – Boxer.
“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, according to the group’s press release. “The energy and climate legislation is crucial if we are to lead in Energy Technology the way we did in Internet Technologies.”
It’s an impressive display, but while we listen to the soaring rhetoric about our carbon-reduced future, we should remember that many of the companies involved in the event could stand to gain from climate change legislation. Read More »