September 16, 2009

Doctors & Business Leaders demand action on climate

It was an interesting day today with both doctors and business leaders writing letters to demand action on climate change.

The doctors' letter stated -

"Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.'
"This is one reason why doctors must take a lead in speaking out. "
"We declare that we have no conflicts of interest."

The signing physicans represented medical institutions from around the world - Click here for a complete list.

The business leaders' letter stated -

"A rapidly changing climate is reshaping the American landscape and poses a long-term threat to our nation's economy and to our children's future."

The letter was signed by Dell, DuPont, Google, HP, Johnson & Johnson, Levi Strauss, Nike, PG&E among others. Excerpts below:

"The U.S. Senate is about to begin an historic debate over whether to pass comprehensive legislation to create a clean energy economy and combat climate change. We are writing this open letter to urge the Senate to pass a bill this year that will reduce U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases and harness market forces to spur technological innovation, invest in effective solutions, and jumpstart a clean energy economy – both in the U.S. and around the world."

We have reformed business practices in order to curb emissions. In our experience, these changes have not only been good for the climate, they've been good for business. We are now urging Congress to undertake comparable reforms on behalf of our nation, for the benefit of all nations. In June, the House of Representatives did its part by passing the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

We now ask the Senate to pass its own legislation to build a 21st century clean energy economy and address the global challenge of climate change. We need to ensure that U.S. climate legislation makes major reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions in an economically sound way across the U.S. economy.

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