Nike, Starbucks, Intel: “We Cannot Risk Our Kids’ Futures On The False Hope The Vast Majority Of Scientists Are Wrong”

The Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition released a Declaration with the above headline.

The full declaration by nearly 3 dozen brand-name companies is:

What made America great was taking a stand. Doing the things that are hard. And seizing opportunities. The very foundation of our country is based on fighting for our freedoms and ensuring the health and prosperity of our state, our community, and our families. Today those things are threatened by a changing climate that most scientists agree is being caused by air pollution.

We cannot risk our kids’ futures on the false hope that the vast majority of scientists are wrong. But just as America rose to the great challenges of the past and came out stronger than ever, we have to confront this challenge, and we have to win. And in doing this right, by saving money when we use less electricity, by saving money to drive a more efficient car, by choosing clean energy, by inventing new technologies that other countries buy, and creating jobs here at home, we will maintain our way of life and remain a true superpower in a competitive world.

In order to make this happen, however, there must be a coordinated effort to combat climate change–with America taking the lead here at home. Leading is what we’ve always done. And by working together, regardless of politics, we’ll do it again.

The declaration lacks a policy agenda — of course — but the coalition is calling on Congress to pass climate legislation. This from the news release:

“From droughts that affect cotton crops to Hurricane Sandy, which caused extensive damage to our operations, climate affects all aspects of our business,” said Eileen Fisher, CEO of New York-based apparel firm Eileen Fisher, which suffered severe damage and business interruption during the 2012 storm. “As a socially and environmentally responsible company, we are trying to affect positive change, but business can’t do it alone. We need the support of strong climate legislation.”

The signatories of the Climate Declaration 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.

The companies who signed on to this declaration “provide approximately 475,000 U.S. jobs and generate a combined annual revenue of approximately $450 billion”:

17 Responses to Nike, Starbucks, Intel: “We Cannot Risk Our Kids’ Futures On The False Hope The Vast Majority Of Scientists Are Wrong”

  1. Bill Wilson says:

    Great to see more hands on board.

  2. Sasparilla says:

    Nice to see this and with some seriously big names.

  3. David Heintz says:

    Should this be in Joe’s book? Jump on every opportunity to demonstrate false logic by stating the obvious, inverse truth: We cannot risk our children’s future on the fake skepticism and denialist doubt that 97% of scientists are right.

  4. Lcarey says:

    Great post and great news that “grown-ups” are finally getting involved! But “3 dozen brand-new companies”? You prehaps meant “3 dozen brand name companies”?

  5. Joe Romm says:

    Darn you, voice dictation software.

  6. djt says:

    Many of those companies would have their current business destroyed beyond repair by any sort of CO2 reductions. KB Home builds suburbs that require a thousand gallons of gas per year per home more than a home built with access to public transit in mind. Each cup of Starbucks coffee may require 1/4 or 1/2 gallon of fuel on average to buy. And so on. IKEA builds disposable furniture shipped tens of thousands of miles.

    I live where I can walk, I don’t drive to Starbucks to get coffee, and I buy furniture that will last hundreds of years. These are the sustainable means of living and Starbucks, KB, and IKEA has no part of any of them. Could they in the future? Sure. But they have nothing to offer now.

  7. Pat Ravasio says:

    This seems like progress, but I would be interested in knowing what these companies are actually DOING to promote responsible social and political action on climate.

    At least it is becoming an attractive marketing message to support climate change. I guess we have to start somewhere.

  8. Chris says:

    I hope BICEP flexes their collective muscle for some real policy change.

  9. BlackDragon says:

    “we will maintain our way of life and remain a true superpower”

    OK, awesome. We can keep driving, flying, pillaging and plundering just as much as always. That is a huge relief! For a sec there I thought I might be required to make a tiny change in my lifestyle. Very glad to know that is not on the table.

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  11. Paul Magnus says:

    Mr. President, it’s time to force our transition to clean energy, these are the first big steps and we need your leadership.

    Again, on behalf of 23 million of us who love winter and depend on it for our economic livelihoods, please take the action on climate change you have promised.

  12. BlackDragon says:

    Happy talk is free, painless and in endless supply. Actually put even one real policy suggestion behind the talk? Not so easy. That would immediately conflict with the PR motive behind this initiative.

    Yes, let’s all urge Congress to take strong action! “promoting clean energy, boosting efficiency and limiting carbon emissions” Sounds real good to me. Warm, fuzzy and who could really argue? I feel so much better just looking at all those colorful logos, and knowing they are cheering Congress on! :) We’re gonna make it after all.

  13. Merrelyn Emery says:

    I note that Coca Cola is not on the list. They mounted a legal case here which closed down a very successful recycling system for cans, ME

  14. Ernest says:

    Where’s Google, GE, and Apple? I got the impression they were also sympathetic, and as big names, they will also add some weight …

  15. fj says:

    The President should invoke something like the war powers act drawing on the US Army’s Net Zero initiative to retrofit this country at wartime speed to address accelerating climate change.

  16. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    ‘Aspirational’ talk, straight from some PR flak’s bottomless well of meaningless persiflage. The ‘inconvenient reality’ remains that profit maximisation remains their prime raison d’etre. And ‘BICEP’- couldn’t they come up with something slightly less ‘muscular’, possibly more cerebral or even spiritual?

  17. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Sounds just like GHW Bush at Rio 1992, ‘The American Way of Life in not negotiable’. His and his caste’s way of life, and that of these corporate leviathans’ owners, of course.