Ford, Chrysler Join U.S. Climate Action Partnership
The new members compliment the broad cross-section of economic sectors represented by USCAP, and bolster its collective call for the federal government to swiftly enact legislation that includes mandatory reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are pleased to join USCAP at a critical stage in the conversation on climate change, energy consumption and environmental protection,”said Alan Mulally, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company. “We all recognize it is time for action. Ford has long supported the six major principles of USCAP, including recognizing the importance of technology and the need to be environmentally effective.”
“Now is the time for advancing a national approach to climate change where all of us – individuals, industry and government – take action toward reducing emissions of greenhouse gases,” added Tom LaSorda, President and CEO, Chrysler Group. “We are proud to be an active member with USCAP in the development of climate policy that addresses energy use and emissions from all sectors of the U.S. economy, and ultimately drives increased energy efficiency. And we look forward to working with the USCAP members in formulating a system to control greenhouse gas emissions in a way that not just addresses the supply of energy-efficient products and commodities, but also spurs demand for them.”
The expansion of the coalition will bring the total revenues of USCAP companies to over $1.9 trillion, with a total workforce of more than 2.3 million and operations in all 50 states and around the world. The members have a combined market capitalization of more than $1.9 trillion. The non-governmental organizations boast a combined membership of more than two million people worldwide, and have a long history of leadership on environmental and conservation issues around the world.
In January, USCAP issued its solutions-based report, titled “A Call for Action,” laying out a blueprint for an economy-wide, market driven cap-and- trade program. The recommendations embodied in the report are based on the following six key principles:
- Account for the global dimensions of climate change;
- Recognize the importance of technology;
- Be environmentally effective;
- Create economic opportunity and advantage;
- Be fair to sectors disproportionately impacted; and,
- Recognize and encourage early action.
The founding members of USCAP include Alcoa, BP America, Caterpillar, Duke Energy, DuPont, FPL Group, Inc., General Electric, PG&E, and PNM Resources, along with four leading non-governmental organizations - Environmental Defense, Natural Resources Defense Council, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and World Resources Institute.
Last month, 14 additional organizations joined the partnership; they are American International Group (AIG), Alcan, Boston Scientific, ConocoPhillips, Deere & Company, The Dow Chemical Company, General Motors Corp., Johnson & Johnson, Marsh, PepsiCo, Shell and Siemens, The Nature Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation.