Companies Press Environment Issues

Posted: 1/20/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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Companies are stepping up the pressure on the environment and the seeking of newer technology that is more environmentally safe, the coalition made up of; Alcoa Inc., General Electric Co., DuPont Co., and Duke Energy Corp., plans to publicize its recommendations on Monday.
This group is known as the United States Climate Action Partnership, and also includes Caterpillar Inc., PG&E., FPL Group., PNM Resources Inc., BP America Inc., and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.Caterpillar is pushing for future clean technologies that reduce emissions and sustain the environment.The group will be calling on a 'nationwide' limit on carbon dioxide emissions of 10% to 30% over the next 15 years.

Lately many of the Presidential candidates have come out in support of some environmental standards and the recent documentary by Al Gore has made the overall general public more concerned about the environment they live in. In the general feeling for change a lot of companies don't see anything of major value occurring during the next two years, this article alludes to the fact that Bush 'might' mention some environmental change in his speech to Congress next week. He may mention it, but the flip-flopping he has done around this issue, I would make light of any solution he may speak about.
Bush has flip-flopped to many times to be taken seriously on an environmental issue and has to gain back credibility on this issue, in debates with Gore it seems that the environment would be somewhere near the top of his agenda but on gaining office backpedal was in order.
The environment is taken more serious today than in the past, the plight of the polar bear put the issue in perspective with many Americans, the Americans who care if their children and grand-children will have clean air to breathe and they care more about the atmospheric changes that global warming has on our weather.
The latest I've heard concerning the companies of General Electric and others (see Bloomberg link) will announce the new coalition and urge for the carbon emissions caps on Jan 22nd., one day before the President is scheduled to give his speech, the environment is also high on the Democrat agenda and Nancy Pelosi has said that a new house committee will be formed to focus on the issue.
Related;
Companies press Bush, Congress on climate | Top News | Reuters.com (New)
The Independent, Bush opposes caps on carbon (New)
Bloomberg (New)
Greenwatch (EPA exempts pesticides from clean water act)
Backpedals on the environment
Bush and the environment

2 comments:

  1. Octavian says:

    I hope that this is only the beginning for the return to environmentalism.

    Now that some companies seem to be realized that thinking one must choose between profit and the environment is short-term thinking that is ultimately destructive, we can start to see some real progress.

    Excellent post as always. Thank you for your informative contribution!

  1. Floyd says:

    Good to see you octavian, I am also glad that they have at least some reaction to the environment. At least a lot more have become aware of the world's affect on the planet and these companies coming out on the issue is also good, it has to start somewhere and it already has in Europe.

    We have to try and do what we can because any improvement is better than no improvement at all.