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Published on December 20th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan

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Saying Thank You to Climate Leaders Worth Over $1 Trillion

December 20th, 2010 by

11:149. This is basically the ratio of pro- and anti-climate legislation lobbying expenditures in 2009. The oil and gas industry put in $175 million. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce put in $123.3 million. And pro-environmental groups put in $22.4 million.

ExxonMobil, alone, spent more money on lobbying than all pro-environmental groups spent in total, $27.4 million.

This creates quite to challenge for getting meaningful climate legislation passed in the U.S.

“The question is how can we weaken Goliath – think fossil fuel industry – and strengthen David – think environmental groups. Specifically, how can we find and motivate a trillion dollars to support David in his push for the comprehensive climate legislation needed to save our planet,” Climate Counts writes. “The answer is rather simple; spend your money with companies that support comprehensive climate legislation and tell them you care about the actions they’re taking.”

Companies Worth Trillions of Dollars Want Comprehensive Climate Change Legislation

If you take a look at Climate Counts’ recent scoring of 150 major companies, you’ll see that 25 companies scored 7 or higher on their climate change policy stance. These companies, in total, receive over a trillion dollars in revenue a year.

Climate Counts recommends saying Thank You to these climate leaders this year, encouraging them to continue on with the climate change fight and leverage more of their money to support it. You can easily say Thank You by clicking on the links in the table below.

If we share our gratitude with companies taking strong public policy stances and encourage them to use their power to elevate the national and international importance of climate action, the fable of David vs. Goliath will remain just that — a fable, not our future.

Company name – Just click and send them a message of your choice! Policy Stance out of 10 points Total ClimateCounts.orgScore
Nike 10 87
Stonyfield Farm 10 83
Timberland* 9 82
Clif Bar* 9 67
Ben & Jerry’s* 8 71
Google 9 53
Hewlett-Packard 9 85
PepsiCo 9 66
Deutsche Post DHL 8 74
eBay 8 58
FedEx 8 58
Levi Strauss 8 61
L’Oreal 8 76
Marriott 8 62
Samsung 8 65
Siemens 8 76
Starbucks 8 54
The Coca-Cola Co. 8 67
Unilever 8 83
Amtrak* 7 62
Apple 7 61
Gap Inc. 7 52
General Electric 7 78
News Corporation 7 69
Nokia 7 76

* These four companies are among the charter members of the voluntary Climate Counts Industry Innovator Program, which launched in February 2010.

Image Credit: Climate Counts

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



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    That is one reason why marijuana is illegal. It is well known that the hemp plant is ecologically friendly and a much more affordable/sustainable substitute to the profits that Exxon and companies like them earn.

    If marijuana was legal, wouldn’t companies that invested in hemp production see profits soar through the roof because of benefits? Yes, and that is direct competition with corrupt companies like Exxon. With profit stealing from Exxon, the hemp based companies would definitely be able to shell out more lobbyist money to further get the legislations they want.

    This is why marijuana will be near impossible to legalize.. it isn’t so much about the recreational use because we all know that makes no sense (think alcohol and the prohibition), its about the 1000 other uses that hemp contains which scares companies like Exxon who many of our leaders have legislative ties with.

    • http://www.zacharyshahan.com Zachary Shahan

      excellent points. i completely agree. marijuana is of no interest to me, but hemp is an amazingly useful and sustainable resource that could have considerable effect, if it were not outlawed. of course, it was used for multiple purpose in the U.S. centuries ago and even during WWII

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