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 http://www.climatead.org/.