Over 3,000 U.S. businesses push new ads for action on climate and clean energy jobs

A group of 3,000 national and grassroots companies are taking part today in a new national advertising campaign calling for swift action on energy and climate legislation. These businesses, including the groups American Businesses for Clean Energy (ABCE) and the US Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), range from national brands — like Google, Nike and Timberland — to mom-and-pop companies.

That’s from a press release from American Businesses for Clean Energy.  Here’s more on this groundswell of business support for action on climate change and clean energy jobs:

Appearing in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Carolina and Florida, the print ad, titled “A Question of American Leadership,” calls on Congress to enact bipartisan climate and energy legislation that “”¦increases our security and limits emissions, as it preserves and creates jobs.”

The ad unites a broad spectrum of American businesses, faith-based groups, national security organizations, labor unions and environmental NGOs who believe that strong action on climate and energy legislation can lead to an improved economy, job creation and energy security.

The organizations appearing on the ad represent more than 11 million American jobs and the companies have combined 2009 revenues of over $2.5 trillion.

With close to 3,000 members, the nonprofit and nonpartisan ABCE is comprised of a diverse group of businesses that support Congressional action to pass clean energy and climate legislation that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Christopher Van Atten, a spokesperson for American Businesses for Clean Energy said:  “This ad push brings together the best of American businesses large and small to send a clear message to our leaders in Washington: We need action on climate and clean energy starting today. The businesses that are part of ABCE represent a range of views and regions, and we stand united behind the need for comprehensive clean energy legislation that will create jobs, unleash innovation and make our nation more secure, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions.”

The ad may be viewed and downloaded

8 Responses to Over 3,000 U.S. businesses push new ads for action on climate and clean energy jobs

  1. Jeff Huggins says:

    Speaking of businesses …

    Rupert Murdoch is starting to sound incoherent and out of touch, as far as I can tell, based on an interview of him in recent days (covered on TV last night). I think it is well past time to call on responsible businesses to stop advertising on Fox (and especially on certain programs). I’d also like to know the status of Conan and Fox: I do not think that Conan should sign with Fox. I think we should also do a much better job of pointing out the incredible inconsistency between Murdoch’s supposed aim to become carbon neutral (within NewsCorp) and the stances taken on many Fox News programs regarding global warming (i.e., denial).

    The whole Fox thing is like an immense “house of cards” when it comes to logic, reason, facts, and so forth. The place is riddled with inconsistencies and ridiculousness. One hand says “yea” and the other “nay”, and the head doesn’t know what the feet are doing. It’s an embarrassing (but damaging) house of cards.

    BUT, it is still “standing”, in a way that retains (albeit with fragility) these holes and inconsistencies, because nobody is blowing on it hard, shaking the table a bit, or shining light on it enough. In its UNreason, it is teetering but still standing. They get away with things because they put a thin coat of paint on deep ridiculousness, and they “look” confident when they speak. Someone needs to shine more light on the matter, with persistence, and shake the table a bit, figuratively speaking.



  2. Bob Wallace says:

    Another sign that the tide is turning.

    Last year the renewable energy industry spent 30 million lobbying Congress. Only a fraction of what the fossil fuel spent, but still a significant increase over what they were able to afford in previous years.

    What we need now is a nice firm thumb on the economic balance that makes the renewable industry more profitable (or the fossil fuel industry less profitable, or both).

    Just a bit of tweaking and we could start an industry rush into renewables and really cut our CO2 emissions….

  3. Leif says:

    There is a saying in the boat world and it applies to FOX:

    “A little putty, a little paint, makes things what they ain’t.”

    and another saying that makes good sense for all:

    “Never go to sea in a boat that you would not be proud to have as your coffin.”

  4. Steve O says:

    @Jeff Huggins
    Oh, and in case you forgot (or maybe Murdoch forgot), News Corp/Fox News has set a goal of being carbon neutral by the end of this year.
    (actually, Jeff, I know you know, but others may be interested, too)

  5. Stephanie K. says:

    While this is definitely a great sign of unity in the business sector, the participating companies should be held to a certain environmental and human rights standard if they are signing on as supporters. How will the ABCE garner respect and credibility if the member companies themselves are not making sincere efforts to green their companies?

    Case in point: Shell, a member of ABCE, had a prank pulled on them by the anti-corporate prankster group The Yes Men that exposes just how backward the company is. The Yes Men pose as spokesmen for Shell and make a fake apology to the people of the Niger Delta, where Shell continually wreaks havoc on the environment and the lives of its citizens. Check out the article on Mother Jones:

    How can a company who has cut its wind, solar, and hydrogen energy programs honestly support Congressional clean energy action?

  6. Bob Wallace says:

    Steve O – interesting news that Fox plans on becoming carbon neutral.

    Do you think they’ll take that one more step forward and push their fossil fuel friends to do the same?

    Of course, it’s pretty easy lifting for Fox to go carbon neutral. It’s not like they make electricity or something that produces a lot of CO2. Great PR stunt, doncha think?

  7. Bill W says:

    Shouldn’t they be running the ad in New York and DC, if they’re trying to reach Congress? I’m no government or PR expert, but I don’t understand their choices of where to run the ad.

  8. Still not as many members as the US Chamber of Commerce claims ;->