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America’s Businesses Say Limiting Fossil Fuel Pollution is Key to Job Creation

NextEra Energy, Levi Strauss & Co., Diversey and Tetra Pak Inc.
Reiterate Call for Climate Bill

WASHINGTON, DC, July 14, 2010 – As the Senate begins consideration of clean energy legislation, America’s businesses are reiterating their call for a limit on fossil fuel pollution, saying such a policy is critical to creating jobs and providing the regulatory certainty that companies need for long-term planning and investing. 

Lew Hay, chairman and CEO of NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power and Light, said, “After years of debate and half measures, the United States still lacks a long-term national energy strategy, leaving us behind other countries in building and exporting the clean energy economy of the future. If we are to continue to lead the world in technological advances, job creation and economic security, we need a new approach. The most essential step – which is at the heart of the American Power Act – is to set a price on carbon dioxide emissions.”

In recent years, thousands of American companies have called on Congress to pass climate and clean energy legislation that puts a firm limit on fossil fuel pollution.  These businesses employ nearly 5.7 million workers and include 53 Fortune 500 and 20 Fortune 100 companies, according to a recent analysis by David Gardiner and Associates that was commissioned by World Wildlife Fund. The companies have issued their calls for a cap on carbon emissions through advertisements, letters to the Senate or via membership in organizations that are advocating specifically for climate legislation that includes a cap on carbon.  

“This analysis demonstrates that Levi Strauss & Co. stands with this broad coalition of businesses calling for a new direction in energy policy,” said Amy Leonard, Senior Vice President, Product Development and Sourcing at Levi Strauss & Co. “We must seize this critical moment to pass legislation that will unleash American innovation and entrepreneurship so we can reaffirm our leadership in the world. Levi Strauss & Co. can build that technological innovation, energy efficiency and emissions reduction into our business, strengthening our company and reinforcing our commitment to restoring the health of our planet.”

John Matthews, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs at Diversey, a leading provider of commercial cleaning and sanitation solutions, said, “It’s clear from these statistics that business has embraced climate legislation, and we at Diversey are no exception. The private sector must lead the way to a clean energy economy, but we need leadership from government to create certainty for long-term investments.  Under the right market conditions, businesses can establish the clean energy economy.”  

Additional calls for action come from Tetra Pak, Inc., a leading global food packaging and processing company. "Delaying further action on a comprehensive clean energy policy would be an unnecessary step backwards, undermining private sector momentum toward positive change, green-job creation and long-term economic growth," said Ed Klein, Tetra Pak’s Vice President for Environmental Affairs.

With China and Europe capturing an increasing share of the clean energy market, America’s business leaders have become increasingly outspoken in urging Congress to pass a bill that limits fossil fuel pollution and thereby creates the market signals that they view as critical to a thriving clean energy economy in the US.

The call for a comprehensive climate and clean energy bill is not limited to major corporations.  An analysis recently released by American Businesses for Clean Energy lists more than 6,000 American employers, many of them small businesses that support a comprehensive solution that includes a limit on fossil fuel pollution.

NOTE TO EDITORS

  • Representatives of these companies are available to speak with the media. To arrange an interview, please contact Joe Pouliot at (202) 495-4730 or joe.pouliot@wwfus.org.