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April 11, 2013
Businesses Join Call for Climate Legislation
    by Robert Kropp

Thirty-three companies join Ceres and its BICEP coalition in signing the Climate Declaration and calling on Congress to finally pass strong climate legislation.

A new climate initiative launched by Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition seeks to add the voice of business to those calling on President Obama to act decisively on climate change.

In the past, business members of BICEP have publicly supported higher automotive fuel economy standards and the extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind power. Now, by signing the Climate Declaration, 33 companies are "calling for Congress to address climate change by promoting clean energy, boosting efficiency and limiting carbon emissions strategies that these businesses already employ within their own operations."

Signatories to the Declaration include some of the most widely known consumer companies in the US. They provide approximately 475,000 US jobs and generate a combined annual revenue of approximately $450 billion.

"Businesses understand that planning for a successful future takes investment today," Anna Walker of Levi Strauss said. "One of the most important things Congress can do to grow our economy and protect our planet is to pass smart climate change legislation this year."

"Business can't do it alone," Eileen Fisher added. "We need the support of strong climate legislation."

"The cost of inaction is too high," said Anne Kelly, Director of BICEP. "Policymakers should see climate change policy for what it is: an economic opportunity."


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