Businesses Demand Clean Energy Legislation to Keep U.S. from Falling Behind
Today, more than 80 CEOs sent a letter to President Obama and members of Congress asking them to move ahead on strong, comprehensive climate and energy legislation, which they say will create jobs and strengthen U.S. competitiveness.
The letter, from leaders of companies such as Exelon, Virgin America and eBay, expressed a concern that the U.S. is “falling behind” in the global clean energy race.
According to the letter, “American businesses recognize this challenge and have already begun to respond and innovate. However, today’s uncertainty surrounding energy and climate regulation is hindering the large-scale actions that American businesses are poised to make. We need strong policies and clear market signals that support the transition to a low-carbon economy and reward companies that innovate. It is time for the Administration and Congress to embrace this policy as the promising economic opportunity that will empower American workers to compete and American entrepreneurship to lead the way.”
All the signatories to the letter are members of We Can Lead, a group of business leaders advocating for climate legislation. We Can Lead is a partnership of the Clean Economy Network, Inc. and Ceres’ Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).