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Climate Action Partnership

U.S. Climate Action Partnership

The U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), formed January 22, 2007 is a co-operative group of businesses and leading environmental organizations. The group's primary purpose is to call on the U.S. government to require significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

"A Call For Action"

USCAP's principles and goals are summarized in their brochure "A Call For Action:

We, the members of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, pledge to work with the President, the Congress, and all other stakeholders to enact an environmentally effective, economically sustainable, and fair climate change program consistent with our principles at the earliest practicable date.

USCAP Members

This list is complete as of July 3, 2007

The 14 founding members of USCAP are:

In April, 2007 oil giant ConocoPhillips and insurer AIG joined USCAP.

The following groups and companies joined in June 2007:

In July, 2007, two major U.S. automakers joined:

Controversy

Questions have been raised about the same companies sponsoring both the partnership and lobbying groups which oppose its goals.

Many of the members of USCAP were previously involved with the Global Climate Coalition, whose intention was to block or minimize the effectiveness of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's demands for GHG curbing legislation. After ceasing official operation in 1997 GCC was victorious in having pressured the US into refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocals to any meaningful extent.

Although many of these corporations have now become interested in halting climate change by 2050 through USCAP, both Yvo de Boer, UN Climate Chief and the EU have heavily criticized this long term plan for reductions as offering no short or mid-term solutions to the immediate problems of climate change.

According to Reuters, Robert Murray, chairman and chief executive of Murray Energy Corp., branded more than 20 major corporations that make up the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) "un-American" for allying with environmental groups he calls "enemies of coal.

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