May 13, 2005
Corporate America and other American leaders are moving on global warming -- now it's time for Congress to do the same.
In recent weeks, the CEOs of General Electric, Exelon, Duke Energy and Xerox have announced their support for limits to carbon dioxide emissions.
We need to use this momentum to send a clear message to Congress: The time to act is now.
That’s why we’re placing this ad at right in the The Washington Post, Roll Call (the "official" newspaper of Congress) and selected newspapers in key states.
The ads will cost $100,000 and we must raise these needed funds in the next 24 hours. We simply cannot afford to let this opportunity pass us by, which is why I am turning to committed environmentalists like you.
The ad has two messages:
- First, it shows recognition for leadership on global warming from businesses, the evangelical community and other influentials.
- Second, it delivers the message to political leaders in Washington: American business and community leaders are ready for you to act.
As General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt said in announcing his company's emissions limits, "We see that green is green." He went on to say, "Industry and the government have to take steps to develop a policy that is engaged on greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide."
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Broad support across America is growing for Congress to support an emissions cap. Leading Americans across many sectors are speaking out on climate change. Now it’s Congress’s turn to act. They can pass the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act.
This legislation sets a national cap on America’s greenhouse gas emissions, then uses a trading system to give economic incentives for industry to reduce pollution.
The public debate on global warming is shifting. Momentum is on our side and we must deliver the message to leaders in Washington, today more than ever.
Help us deliver that message -- by helping us pay for these important ads today.
P.S. The Washington Post is read by opinion leaders in business and in government. If you help us raise $100,000 in the next 24 hours, we can cover the cost of the ads and send a clear message to Congress that it's time to act. Donate now.
What are business, religious and other influential leaders saying about global warming?
"There’s no time to wait because tomorrow is now. We are living in a carbon-constrained world where the amount of CO2 must be reduced"
-Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE, Ecomagination Launch, May 9, 2005"I don’t think God is going to ask us how he created the earth, but he will ask us what we did with what he created."
-The Rev. Rich Cizik, vice president of governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals, New York Times, March 10, 2005"When you have energy companies like Shell and British Petroleum saying there is a problem with excess carbon dioxide emissions, I think we ought to listen."
-Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, March 3, 2005"We accept that the science on global warming is overwhelming... There should be mandatory carbon constraints."
-John W. Rowe, Exelon Chairman and CEO, Business Week, August 16, 2004"I believe U.S. public policy on global climate change should encourage a transition to a lower-carbon-intensive economy through a broad-based, mandatory approach."
-Paul Anderson, Duke Energy Chairman and CEO, "Taking Responsibility," Charlotte Business Journal's 10th Annual Power Breakfast, April 7, 2005