Helping High-Tech Titans Shape Federal Climate Policy
BCL Staff, April 6, 2018
The high-tech industry is a powerful driver of economic growth. Whether a business is in the retail, healthcare, banking or other sector, technology innovations likely help that business run more effectively and reduce costs. The high-tech industry has the potential to also be a powerful driver for climate solutions.
That’s why members of Business Climate Leaders were excited to meet with more than a dozen titans of the high-tech industry in October in Silicon Valley to explore carbon pricing policies and to discuss the potential for joint advocacy for carbon pricing legislation.
Many businesses want market-friendly climate action
Business Climate Leaders (BCL) is a Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) action team. BCL engages large businesses at a sector and national level to get collective endorsements and lobbying support for carbon pricing legislation. BCL also helps CCL chapters with outreach to local small- and mid-sized businesses.
“Companies worry about climate change. They know it will destabilize the economic environment and disrupt supply chains,” explains Steve Hams, BCL Engagement Director and chapter co-lead for Silicon Valley North... (read more).
American businesses are already pricing carbon—could they show Washington the way?
By Mary Gable, April 6, 2018 in CCL News
The beauty of a carbon fee and dividend policy is that it operates on one of the simplest principles of economics: make something more expensive, and people will buy less of it. While a world powered by fossil fuels might seem like a good idea today from a purely financial standpoint, it’s not a world in which humans can continue to thrive. A carbon price creates transparency about this reality.
As of 2017, more than 1,300 companies worldwide were either using an internal carbon price or planned to start using one within the next two years, according to CDP, a UK-based nonprofit that helps organizations manage their environmental impact. That’s a huge change from 2014, when only 150 companies were using one. The latest totals include more than 100 companies that are part of the Fortune Global 500, who have collective yearly revenues of roughly $7 trillion. A significant number of new names on the list are companies based in the United States.... [read more].
Climate Salon Informs and Inspires Business Leaders
By Pam Shaouy, March 19, 2018 in CCL News
Companies and industries thrive on stability and predictability. That’s why business leaders worry about climate change. They know it destabilizes the economic environment and disrupts business processes. Members of Congress care about the concerns of businesses because companies provide jobs, pay tax revenue and contribute to political campaigns. When businesses support climate solutions, politicians listen.
New York CCL volunteer Sidonie Ruban wanted to inspire the business leaders she knew to support climate solutions. She wanted a chance to show them why CCL’s Carbon Fee and Dividend is an economically viable and politically possible solution to start solving climate change. She decided to organize a “Climate Salon” event, inviting business leaders into her home to learn, connect, and get inspired.
In addition to being a CCL volunteer, Ruban is a Business Climate Leaders (BCL) ambassador. BCL is a Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) action team that helps American business leaders shape federal climate policy. BCL engages large businesses at a sector and national level to get collective endorsements and lobbying support for carbon fee legislation. BCL also helps CCL chapters with outreach to local small and mid-sized businesses.
With help from BCL, Ruban hosted the first Climate Salon. She gathered friends and business decision makers in the private sector to discuss climate solutions and how businesses can have major impact in solving climate change. Ruban and her husband, Charles, hosted the Climate Salon in their home... (read more).
Idaho Chapters’ Secret Sauce for Business Outreach
By Harold Hedelman, December 7, 2017 in CCL News
CCL chapters in Boise and Pocatello have achieved real success in engaging Idaho businesses. How? Their special recipe for success combines inter-chapter coordination, preparation, teamwork, and communication skills, plus a partnership with the Business Climate Leaders (BCL) Action Team.
They started by borrowing a page from the playbook of CCL’s impressive Florida outreach campaign. They formed a steering committee that launched a Leaders’ Letter initiative. The letter asked businesses to lobby Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID) with three requests: meet with us, join the Climate Solutions Caucus, and support carbon pricing... (read more).