USCAP Issues Call for Action on Global Climate Change

To underscore the urgent need for a policy framework on climate change, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), an alliance of U.S.-based businesses and environmental organizations, issued a landmark set of principles and recommendations calling on the federal government to quickly enact strong national legislation to achieve significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.

The solutions-based report, titled A Call for Action, lays out a blueprint for a mandatory economy-wide, market-driven approach to climate protection. USCAP’s recommendations are based on six 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 time has come for constructive action that draws strength equally from business, government, and non-governmental stakeholders,” said Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric. “These recommendations should catalyze legislative action that encourages innovation and fosters economic growth while enhancing energy security and balance of trade, ensuring U.S. leadership on an issue of significance to our country and the world.” The members of USCAP pledge to work with the President, the Congress and other stakeholders to confront this vital global challenge.
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