Guest post by LCV Policy & Lobbying Intern Shelbi Dantic:
While Romney was making climate change a punch line at the Republican National Convention, the United States National Climate Data Center (USNCDC) was busy finishing their report which was released this month that said that 2012 is the hottest year on record. More specifically, the USNCDC explained, “Each of the last 15 months has seen above-average temperatures, something else that has never happened before in the 117 years of the U.S. record.”
A week later at the Democratic National Convention, Obama struck a stark contrast to Romney’s dismissive remark, stating, “My plan will continue to reduce carbon pollution that is heating our planet, because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and wildfires are not a joke. They are a threat to our children’s future.”
Obama has recognized that stepping up to climate disruption and taking action is the right thing to do. He is not alone; renewable energy like wind and solar is being implemented on a massive scale by household American names. A study by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar unveiled the top 20 corporate solar users and found that their installations generated an estimated $47.3 million worth of electricity.
Companies like Wal-Mart, Costco, and Walgreens are utilizing this technology to help both the planet and their bottom line. “These companies know that solar energy allows them to reliably manage their long-term energy costs and in turn also helps to keep their customer prices low,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch. “Solar helps these top American companies focus on their core business by reducing overhead costs.”
Corporate America agrees; Bill Lyon, Macy’s vice president for energy management stated, “We are proud to be a retail industry leader in hosting solar power, which is a critical element of our strategy for sustainability at Macy’s Inc. Solar power systems offer an affordable way for Macy’s to reduce operating costs and lower energy consumption by using clean renewable solar power.”
Economic, energy, and climate change challenges are linked. Clean energy solutions create jobs, and save money, and major businesses across America have recognized this. While Romney and his friends in Congress may continue to say there is nothing we can do about climate change, the American public and leading US companies know better. Those who say nothing can be done about climate change are betting against America’s ingenuity and resolve.
Because we believe the rise of the oceans is no laughing matter.