Big Corporations Lobby President, Congress For Climate Legislation

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A group of 60 companies, together with environmental groups, delivered a letter to President Obama and Sens. Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid yesterday calling for action on the Senate climate bill. No one knows the fate of the Kerry-Lieberman bill, introduced earlier this month, but big names like the Big Three automakers, Honeywell, and Google are saying the time for action is now. Here's the text of the entire letter, also signed by big companies like PepsiCo, Alcoa and Duke Energy:

Dear Mr. President and Members of the U.S. Senate:
We are a broad and diverse group of businesses and organizations that believe America must take control of its energy and economic future while enhancing our national security. We are writing to urge you to move forward this year on comprehensive energy and climate legislation that preserves and creates American jobs while protecting our environment.

The time to act is now. The U.S. needs a comprehensive energy and climate policy that will get us back on track by creating American jobs in the new, low-carbon economy.

The United States has an opportunity to lower greenhouse gas emissions and become the world's leader in a burgeoning clean energy economy. We face a critical moment that will determine whether we will be able to unleash homegrown American innovation or remain stuck in the economic status quo. Much as the transcontinental railroad ushered in an unprecedented era of expansion, innovation and economic growth, the transition to a diversified clean energy economy offers extraordinary opportunities for environmental and economic rewards. Americans need and deserve a comprehensive energy and climate policy and we urge you to take action without delay.

We are businesses with revenues of over $1.2 trillion and more than 1 million employees; as well as environmental, faith-based and labor organizations representing millions of Americans, all saying that we must secure America's clean energy future.

It's time for Democrats and Republicans to unite behind bipartisan, national energy and climate legislation that increases our security, limits emissions, and protects our environment while preserving and creating American jobs.

The Kerry-Lieberman bill calls for emissions reductions about 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. Harry Reid has not yet signaled when or if the bill will be acted on during this contentious election year.

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