While Congress continues to debate health care, the business community this week continued to lead on climate change. On Tuesday, we joined 6 other NGOs and 22 companies to launch a new full-page ad supporting comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation. Fourteen members of our Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC)  signed on to the ad, which ran in The Washington Post, The NY Times and USA Today. For several of these companies, this was the first time they have stood up so publicly to support capping carbon. Other ads from similar coalitions are running in papers all across the country.
I also want to give props to Honeywell for joining the U.S. Climate Action Partnership  (USCAP). Honeywell is a $28 billion manufacturer of all types of goods from aerospace to home heating and cooling. By joining USCAP, they further demonstrate the diversity of industries that are committed to tackling climate change through the Blueprint for Legislative Action .
Last but not least, Apple announced that they immediately dropped out of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of the Chamber’s climate policies and its work to block serious climate legislation. At the same time, more than 150 business leaders from around the country came to Washington this week and met with the President and about 60 senators to argue that America cannot afford to wait, and the time has come to pass a climate and energy bill.
A good week indeed.
Tim Juliani is a Senior Markets & Business Fellow and Manager of BELC Relations