US Business Roundtable beginning to feel exposed in climate change debate?

From inel’s blog, ‘Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers (CEOs) of leading U.S. companies with $4.5 trillion in annual revenues and more than 10 million employees. Member companies comprise nearly a third of the total value of the U.S. stock markets and represent over 40 percent of all corporate income taxes paid. Collectively, they returned $112 billion in dividends to shareholders and the economy in 2005.’

This is what these leaders have to say in their climate change statement PDF today, July 17, 2007. Click here.

It makes for an interesting read and shows that finally, more important stakeholders are beginning to get involved with the US climate change debate….because they have to. At last count there are seven climate change bills up for debate. The Business Roundtable knows that one of them is going to get through so they’ve now made their thoughts known.

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6 Responses to US Business Roundtable beginning to feel exposed in climate change debate?

  1. earthpal says:

    Matty, methinks you just wanted an excuse to post that cheeky picture. 🙂

    Well although their hands have been all but forced, that statement is really very encouraging. The business powers concerned here have accepted the very real possibility of climate distaster and have acknowledged their own obligations in tackling the challenge. Although they mentioned nuclear power as an option, I liked much of what their statement said. I hope they mean it.

  2. matt says:

    Well, lets just say that it does give the impression of an acceptance that legislative change could be on the way. Businesses always come out in a rash when the word legislation is muttered. Suddenly they’re all up for influencing the outcome which is what I believe we have here. They’re certainly trying to set themselves up as agents of technological change and with this comes further opportunities to make money.

    Of course if we dare to mention the idea of reduced consumption they’ll have a heart attack. And probably run around the neighbourhood butt naked in a panic. 🙂

  3. the Grit says:

    Hi Matt,

    While I appreciate the photo, as it brings back fond memories of my college days, I must point out that any interest of Big Business in Global Warming has to be profit driven. Really, regardless of the facts, if the sheep, ah, the people are willing to pay extra for a “green” product, it’s only natural that someone will take advantage, ah, supply an appropriately environmentally friendly product.

    Still, any post with naked butts is cool.

    the Grit

  4. Hi Matt,

    I DITTO Grit………..Steve

  5. matt says:

    > regardless of the facts, if the sheep, ah, the people…

    Looks like you brought your sheep with you Grit. 😉

  6. the Grit says:

    Hi Matt,

    I doubt that Steve will ever be anyone’s sheep.

    the Grit

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