OIA Joins Coalition Backing Climate Change Legislation

Outdoor Industry Association is joining Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of major American businesses pushing for passage of comprehensive climate and energy legislation in the U.S.

 

Other companies who are joining include Weyerhaeuser, Inovus Solar. The founding members of the organization were Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Starbucks, Sun Microsystems and Timberland. Other members include Target, Gap, eBay, Clif Bar and The North Face.


BICEP’s “Nine Principles” include targets like setting short- and long-term greenhouse gas reduction targets; stimulate green job growth; adopt national renewable energy standard; boost investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage technology; and most notably, establishing cap-and-trade system with 100% auction of carbon allowances.


“Healthy public lands that support the nation’s $730 billion outdoor recreation economy are imperiled by a warming climate,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, president of OIA.  “The outdoor recreation industry and those who pursue outdoor activities are among the first to experience the impacts of climate change on our public lands. We believe our industry is in a unique position and has a responsibility to offer leadership on this important issue.”


The U.S. House passed comprehensive energy and climate legislation last June, and a Senate coalition headed by Democrat John Kerry of Massachusetts and Independent Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut is considering similar legislation for the Senate.

 

The Obama Administration has also been active in pushing for a comprehensive bill this year.
BICEP has spoken out in favor of this legislation, stating that it is a significant step forward and contains several key elements in BICEP's core principles, including major limits on greenhouse gas emissions and crucial initiatives to increase renewable energy and energy efficiency. 
“With the Gulf of Mexico disaster staring us in the face and clean energy legislation pending in Washington, there couldn’t be a timelier moment to welcome such a prominent business voice to BICEP,” said Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, a leading coalition of investors and environmental groups that coordinates BICEP.

 

“American businesses across the economic spectrum know that tackling energy independence and climate change now is imperative, and the outdoor recreation industry sees climate change directly threatening its business model every day. It’s time for Washington and specifically the United States Senate to act.”

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OIA Joins Coalition Backing Climate Change Legislation

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is joining Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of major American businesses pushing for passage of comprehensive climate and energy legislation in the U.S.


The announcement is being made at a 2 pm news conference today of leading Northwest companies, including Weyerhaeuser, Nike and Inovus Solar, calling for immediate congressional action to enact climate and energy legislation.


“Healthy public lands that support the nation’s $730 billion outdoor recreation economy are imperiled by a warming climate,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, president of OIA.  “The outdoor recreation industry and those who pursue outdoor activities are among the first to experience the impacts of climate change on our public lands. We believe our industry is in a unique position and has a responsibility to offer leadership on this important issue.”


Outdoor Industry Association is a Boulder, CO-based national trade association that serves 4,000 retailers, distributors and suppliers in the active outdoor recreation industry. Its members include recognized brands and retailers such as REI, Patagonia, The North Face, Levi Strauss and Columbia Sportswear. OIA is the 18th BICEP member and joins consumer giants Best Buy, Nike, Symantec, Target, eBay, Starbucks and Timberland among the coalition’s members.


“With the Gulf of Mexico disaster staring us in the face and clean energy legislation pending in Washington, there couldn’t be a timelier moment to welcome such a prominent business voice to BICEP,” said Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, a leading coalition of investors and environmental groups that coordinates BICEP. “American businesses across the economic spectrum know that tackling energy independence and climate change now is imperative, and the outdoor recreation industry sees climate change directly threatening its business model every day. It’s time for Washington and specifically the United States Senate to act.”


The U.S. House passed comprehensive energy and climate legislation last June, and a Senate coalition headed by Democrat John Kerry of Massachusetts and Independent Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut is considering similar legislation for the Senate. The Obama administration has also been active in pushing for a comprehensive bill this year.


More about BICEP’s nine core principles for energy independence and climate policy can be found at: http://www.ceres.org/bicep


About Ceres and BICEP:  Ceres is the largest coalition of investors, environmental and public interest organizations in North America. BICEP members include Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Starbucks, Best Buy Co., Inc., Target Corp., The Timberland Company, Aspen Skiing Company, Clif Bar & Company, eBay, Gap Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle, The North Face, Seventh Generation, Ben and Jerry's, Eileen Fisher, Stonyfield Farm Inc., Symantec and Outdoor Industry Association.

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