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Climate Change BICEP

Published on April 11th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Starbucks, Nike, eBay, Adidas, IKEA: “We Cannot Risk Our Kids’ Futures On The False Hope The Vast Majority Of Scientists Are Wrong”



I couldn’t come up with a better title than Joe Romm used on his post. This line is just such a kicker: “We Cannot Risk Our Kids’ Futures On The False Hope The Vast Majority Of Scientists Are Wrong.”

That’s one we should all repeat daily. I simply put Adidas, eBay, and IKEA in the title instead of Intel because they stand out to me more as household names. But the amazing thing is that beyond those 6 companies, another 27 major companies signed on to that statement.

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Joe Romm notes: “The companies who signed on to this declaration ‘provide approximately 475,000 US jobs and generate a combined annual revenue of approximately $450 billion.’” 475,000 jobs. $450 billion. You’d think that Congress would take them (and the majority of US citizens, even the majority of Republicans) more seriously and get cracking on some strong climate legislation.

Here’s the full statement these 33 corporations signed:

What made America great was taking a stand. Doing the things that are hard. And seizing opportunities. The very foundation of our country is based on fighting for our freedoms and ensuring the health and prosperity of our state, our community, and our families. Today those things are threatened by a changing climate that most scientists agree is being caused by air pollution.

We cannot risk our kids’ futures on the false hope that the vast majority of scientists are wrong. But just as America rose to the great challenges of the past and came out stronger than ever, we have to confront this challenge, and we have to win. And in doing this right, by saving money when we use less electricity, by saving money to drive a more efficient car, by choosing clean energy, by inventing new technologies that other countries buy, and creating jobs here at home, we will maintain our way of life and remain a true superpower in a competitive world.

In order to make this happen, however, there must be a coordinated effort to combat climate change–with America taking the lead here at home. Leading is what we’ve always done. And by working together, regardless of politics, we’ll do it again.

Sound good to you? Sounds good to me. It’s great to see such powerful corporations pushing for urgently needed climate action. The question is simply whether or not Congress and the rest of us will act quickly and strongly enough to avert the worst catastrophes (and chaos) global warming has to offer.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • http://www.facebook.com/stan.stein.31 Stan Stein

    Although there is much more of a threat to the world from altering the genetics of both plants and animals in our food, along with pesticides, chemical contamination/ingestion and the depletion of natural resources beyond the point of recovery (rain forrests, fishing etc) there is really no reason to simply squander everything we have as a planet. Unless you count corporate greed thru exploitation of overly an overly indulgent public, there really is no reason to do these rape and pillage activities. Look at Japan, for instance….tuna and whale issues are constant. And speaking of tuna, it and swordfish, 2 popular staples of higher end seafood, is now poisonous.
    But these companies would do much more for the quality of our lives if they turned their attention to the above matters….also, scientists are not fortune tellers, and historically, they have primarily been wrong when projecting what will happen in the future about ANYTHING…….look at the effects of drugs….you see recalls, attorneys advertising on TV for people to sue drug companies because of serious health problem from the drugs. Then, there’s the effects of things like high fructose corn syrup, and other so called “perfectly safe” food ingredients. So I really don’t recommend following much of what most scientists say.

  • let’s be honoust about history

    “The very foundation of our country is based on fighting for our freedoms
    and ensuring the health and prosperity of our state, our community, and
    our families.”

    some stuff left out here: landtheft, genocide, breaking of promises and slavery.

    • addicted4444

      Any reasonable person would conclude the right thing to do is emulate the positives of your history, while trying to limit the negatives, in your future actions.

      Not sure what your point really is.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      well, yeah…

      but that didn’t really fit the aim here.

  • Marshall Harris

    I think the annual revenue of Exxon alone is somewhere in the ballpark of $480 million? That is more than all of these companies combined. Not to mention many other oil, gas and coal companies. Sorry but the money is still not on our side. These companies that have gotten exactly what they wanted and paid for – climate change denial, and 20+ years of inaction on climate change.

    • Dave2020

      Make that $482,295 million – for 2012!

      • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

        ha. :D ..but also :(

        • Dave2020

          It’s hard to grasp these figures :-)

          “The 2008 financial crisis cost the U.S. economy more than $22 trillion.” :-(
          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/14/financial-crisis-cost-gao_n_2687553.html

          Of course, a lot of that bubble was just a fraudulent financial fantasy, but even so, there would have been enough wealth in a competently run ‘real’ economy to cover the cost of the switch to renewables, if the so-called ‘elite’ had the wit and the will to do it.

          “It took $20 trillion of public funds over a period of two and a half years to lift the total world market capitalization of listed companies by $16.4 trillion. This means some $3.6 trillion, or 17.5%, had been burned up by transmission friction.”
          http://www.rooseveltinstitute.org/new-roosevelt/crisis-wealth-destruction

          Who benefits from the governments’ largesse and from huge state debts? It seems that would be some of the very people who created this mess in the first place! Joe public is made jobless, homeless and suffers from the austerity measures. (especially the cuts to new infrastructure spending)

          So, IMO, it’s a bankrupt ideology that claims that governments should just put in place a ‘framework’ AND take less tax, so that the ‘free’ market can deal with these problems. It ain’t ever gonna happen!

          In the final analysis, it all boils down to the freedom to do the wrong thing, because:-

          “Money is power.” – sadly:-

          “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

          http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/12/lord-browne-uk-shale-gas
          Lord Browne, the former chief of BP and now the most senior business adviser to the coalition government, has vowed to defy environmentalists to invest “whatever it takes” – potentially running to billions of pounds – in the controversial UK “dash for gas”.

          That could be the most stupid ‘investment’ he ever makes, but by the time he discovers his mistake the damage has been done. His ideology should not be tolerated, in a civilized society.

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