What does business think of global warming?.
What does American business say about global warming?There are about four different camps
DON'T ACTGlobal Climate Coalition
First we have the views of the Global Climate Coalition, (btw, a group that suggests we can get good info on GW by turning to the CEI!). The GCC bills itself as "A voice for business in the global warming debate". It's hard to believe that an organization is working for the social good if it does not disclose its supporters or members (btw, neither does CEI, but Audubon does!). GCC points us to claims that "most of the warming occurred before 1940", and warn us that water is "98% of greenhouse gases". It calls not for radical nongovernmental action but rather states: " Existing scientific evidence does not support actions aimed solely at reducing or stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions" A shudder, anyone?
DON'T REGULATEInternational Climate Change Partnership
Then we have the International Climate Change Partnership. It claims to be "one of the largest industry coalitions in the world on this issue", made up of companies like Sun, 3M, Intel, Dow Chemical. They call for reductions but want to make it voluntary and says to regulators that "we urge them to follow a responsible, orderly process to develop a successful approach to mitigate the risks from global climate change." Can anyone really have too much of a problem with this?
REGULATE NICELYBusiness Council for Sustainable Energy
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy is, if you can guess, made up of renewable and clean energy suppliers, like Lockheed Martin and Bergey Wind Power. While they didn't endorse Kyoto, they ", in 1997, we became the first business organization to endorse the concept of a legally binding treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We have worked aggressively against mandated international policies and measures and in support of market-based mechanisms, such as emissions trading, to reduce global emissions." I'd look to this list of corps first for making a big purchase.
ACT!The Business and Energy Leadership Council of the Pew Charitable Trusts
The Business and Energy Leadership Council of the Pew Charitable trusts calls for action. It is made up of companies like Maytag, Shell, and Toyota. They said countries with highest emissions and highest standards of living out to reduce emissions the most, endorsing the very principle some found offensive in Kyoto. It says that we have much to lose from climate change but still says that, "Our generation's challenge will be addressing global climate change while sustaining a growing global economy. " Pew's mission is to: 1) release highly publicized reports on environmental impacts, economics and policy issues; (2) educate the public through advertising, public-speaking events and conferences; and (3) advance international negotiations on climate change by coordinating cross-country policy, industry and government discussions." The had an article on how sea rise in 1995 was much MORE than expected. I'd want to own stock in these corps.