[Editor's note: this US CAP announcement was in fact a hoax, the result of a campaign by international climate justice group, RisingTide. See this story for more]
Wow, this is pretty exciting! The US Climate Action Partnership, which is comprised of a number of big, companies who make most of their money on dirty energy (like BP, Duke Energy and others), in partnership with some large national environmental groups like National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy, has committed to 45% reduction in GHGs by 2020 and 90% reduction by 2050! They also announced a coal moratorium today in conjunction with the opening of the UN Climate Negotiations in Bali. for more check out their website, this article in the Dallas Morning News, and US CAP’s press release, which is also below.
For Immediate Release
December 3, 2007
Joan Adams, Parsons & Fischer, 202-684-8097, email@example.com
Jack Escobar, Parsons & Fischer, 202-683-8451, firstname.lastname@example.org
Information at www.climateactionpartnership.org
MAJOR US BUSINESSES ANNOUNCE COMMITMENT TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS BY 90%
Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2007 – The U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a consortium of 33 prominent businesses and organizations, announced today a commitment amongst its members to a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The announcement was timed to coincide with the opening of a major United Nations climate summit in Bali.
“In an effort to encourage decisive action in Bali this week, USCAP’s members have committed to a 90% reduction in their greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” said Matt Leopard, a spokesperson for the consortium. “This commitment should send a strong message to the assembled countries and businesses about the type of reductions needed to stop global warming.”
USCAP’s members include many US market leaders such as Alcoa, BP, Caterpillar, ConocoPhillips, Dow, DuPont, Ford, General Electric, General Motors Corp., Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, PG&E, Shell and Xerox. USCAP’s goal is to further public policy that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate.
The announcement from USCAP’s members also includes a mid-term commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 45% from 1990 levels by 2020. Following the leads of NASA’s top climate scientist James Hansen, as well as bi-partisan political leaders, USCAP is also calling for an immediate moratorium on the construction of new coal-fired power plants.
Toward this end, USCAP is urging the US and other industrialized nations to enact a policy framework for mandatory reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the economy. USCAP has produced a comprehensive set of principles and recommendations for scientifically effective, socially responsible climate policy. This document, titled A Call to Action , has been released by USCAP to underscore the urgent need for a comprehensive policy shift on energy and climate.
USCAP is the first consortium of major businesses to make such a commitment in hopes that it will yield to policy decisions to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission technologies and energy efficiency. In particular, USCAP is promoting landmark legislation for a government funded “Sustainable Job Corps.” This politically popular program would create 5 million jobs building a new public utility grid based on renewable technologies, with a goal of producing 50% of the US energy supply by 2020.
“USCAP has offered a plan for the US to lead by example in efforts to protect the climate,” said Matt Leopard. “The world governments assembled in Bali this week should begin a rapid transition to zero-emission energy sources and commit to a 90% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050”.
USCAP’s website is www.climateactionpartnership.org.