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  • Paris Climate Change Talks

    by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

    Posted on 2015-12-10

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    WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, one of the features of our trip to Paris was the presence of America's corporate leaders there urging us on. We not only met with significant corporate leaders like people from Citigroup, PG&E, VF Industries, and others, but they were cheering us on publicly in advertisements like this one taken out by the food and beverage industry, calling on a strong Paris climate agreement. The companies who signed this include Mars--if you like M&Ms, you like Mars--General Mills, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, Hershey and Nestle, Kellogg, Unilever, and others.

    The food and beverage industry was joined by an advertisement from some of America's apparel leaders: VF Corporation, based in North Carolina, which produces North Face, Timberland, and a whole variety of other very well-known and popular brands--Adidas, the shoe manufacturer; Levis, if you know jeans you know Levis; Gap, which has stores all over the country; and others from the apparel industry. Perhaps the biggest advertisement that the American business community took out was this one: Companies like not only Johnson & Johnson, the bandaid people, but Johnson Controls, Colgate-Palmolive, Owens Corning, Procter & Gamble, Dupont, and utilities like National Grid and PG&E. So corporate America made a very strong statement in support of a strong Paris climate deal.

    The last one I will show is this one, which was taken out by America's financial leaders--Bank of America, Citi, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo. There was a strong, powerful message from America's corporate leadership that I very much hope our colleagues on the other side will begin to listen to; that Paris is a good thing, a strong agreement is a good thing, and we need to make progress together.

    With that, I will turn over the floor to my terrific colleague Senator Merkley from Oregon.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Oregon.

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