Several major companies issued a joint call Wednesday for the United States to enact legislation to battle climate change, saying that the issue was critical to their businesses.
Thirty-three firms including online retailer eBay, tech giant Intel, coffee leader Starbucks and sportswear makers Adidas, Nike, Patagonia, The North Face and Timberland called climate change a threat that required coordinated action.
“We cannot risk our kids’ futures on the false hope that the vast majority of scientists are wrong,” the companies said in a statement.
They said that taking action on climate change was critical for the United States to “maintain our way of life and remain a true superpower in a competitive world.”
The companies said they were taking action on their own to reduce greenhouse gases blamed for climate change, but that nationwide measures were needed either to preserve natural resources or level the playing field among businesses.