A Question of American Leadership

If you take a look today at page A16 of today's Wall Street Journal, or inside the pages of the Politico, you will find something remarkable.  Just a day after some pundits declared that energy and climate legislation could be off the agenda after the Massachusetts election, a diverse group of 88 organizations has come together to say the exact opposite.  The message is unambiguous: Democrats, Republicans, and Independents should unite behind bi-partisan, national energy and climate legislation that increases our security, limits emissions, while both preserving and creating jobs.

A single ad will not change the world, and with its publication I was not able to miraculously stand an egg up on end this morning as much as I tried.  Yet if you look at the signatories to this message, they include an impressively broad coalition of companies from across the economic spectrum, major labor unions, national security organizations, and faith-based groups.  Indeed the Christian Coalition signed on as we were going to press, and their logo can be found in the Politico version as well as online here.

Next week on January 27 there will be a highly anticipated and closely watched event that could change the lives of millions of people—and after Steve Jobs makes Apple’s new product announcement that morning, the President that night will deliver the second (and of course more important) major speech of the day—the State of the Union.  The organizations supporting this ad hope that speech will signal a renewed commitment to find a path forward with Congress to pass the energy and climate legislation that we believe is critical to both our economic and environmental future.  Yes, there is much hard work ahead, but it is a question of American leadership.

Tim Juliani is Senior Markets & Business Fellow and Manager of BELC Relations