Investors urge government to tackle climate change – for business' sake

Mon, 2007-03-26 10:53Bill Miller
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Investors urge government to tackle climate change – for business' sake

Revenue from clean-energy companies worldwide increased nearly 39% to $55.4 billion last year, according to a report by Clean Edge, a technology research firm in California. By 2016, the collective revenue of such companies could reach $226.5 billion.

Among the 65 companies that comprised the coalition were Allianz AG in Munich, Germany, the California Public Employees Retirement System in Sacramento, Domini Social Investments LLC in New York, F&C Asset Management PLC in London, Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. in New York, The Calvert Group Ltd. in Bethesda, Md. and Walden Asset Management in Boston.

The coalition called for three specific steps from government : A market-based national policy that will achieve a 60% to 90% long-term decrease of greenhouse gas emissions; realignment of national incentives to stimulate new clean technologies; and clarification of company disclosure requirements from the SEC.

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Fracking for natural gas

“We cannot solely rely on abundant gas to solve the climate change problem. The climate change problem requires a climate change solution. Abundant gas could be great for any number of things, but it is not going to solve the climate change problem.”

This statement was made by Haewon McJeon, the lead author on a new study published last week by Nature magazine, which concluded that...

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