What do big names Avista, Calpine, Deutsche Bank Asset Management, PG&E, Recycled Energy Development and Warner Music Group all have in common? They are the latest to join the rapidly growing American Businesses for Clean Energy (ABCE), a diverse group of businesses pushing for a comprehensive climate and clean energy bill.
Adding to the more than 2,500 businesses who have already joined, ABCE is collectively standing up and proclaiming loudly what many Americans have already come to realize: clean energy will not only help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but will also stimulate the economy by creating jobs and encouraging innovation.
So why has the message fallen deaf on ears in the Senate? Probably because Senators have only been listening to the US Chamber of Commerce, which has portrayed action on climate change as death to the economy.
But the US Chamber of Commerce is increasingly representing the narrow, entrenched, and regressive interests of selective Wall Street business, not the views of thousands of businesses from across the United States. ABCE is the group that Congress should pay attention to - by becoming a responsible alternative for businesses large, small and everything in-between, ABCE is echoing the real voice of America.
In just the past year, the US Chamber of Commerce has done everything in its power to stop clean energy by:
Thankfully, many businesses are refusing to stand behind these actions. Apple, Exelon, PNM Resources, PG&E, PSEG, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and Mohawk Paper have all quit the chamber because of their actions over climate, and many more are continuing to distance themselves by refusing to join and reducing payments.
But smart businesses aren't just saying goodbye to the chamber and then sitting on the sidelines. They are actively calling for clean energy legislation:
So if you are a business owner, or you know one, it is time for us to stand strong and push a clean energy agenda across the finish line in the Senate, and onto the president's desk.
We all have a role to play, so whether you own a business, or know someone who does, take a look at the ABC's of ABCE, and lets do what we know is right for us on the near term, and right for our children in the long term.
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