Fortune 5000 Execs on the Kyoto Protocol

Although opinions about the Kyoto Protocol—the international treaty addressing global warming—are split among Fortune 5000 executives, the majority of these business leaders support many of the provisions within the protocol, according to American Viewpoint, a Washington, D.C.-based Republican polling firm.

10/09/2002


Although opinions about the Kyoto Protocol—the international treaty addressing global warming—are split among Fortune 5000 executives, the majority of these business leaders support many of the provisions within the protocol, according to American Viewpoint, a Washington, D.C.-based Republican polling firm.

“U.S. business executives are not monolithically opposed to the Kyoto Protocol,” says Phillip Clapp, president of the National Environment Trust, the organization that commissioned the poll. “More than a third actually support Senate ratification of the treaty, and roughly another third say they don’t have enough information to make a decision.”

Certain policies contained within the protocol were supported by the majority of respondents, such as 61% favoring an emissions credit trading system and 65% supporting the awarding of credits to companies investing in energy efficiency.

Three-fourths of respondents also expressed the opinion that global warming is, indeed, a serious problem, and 82% anticipate the U.S. government will be regulating emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants by 2010.

“This view accounts for some of the movement we have seen in the business community in the past two years,” says Clapp. “That is why more and more companies are investing in reducing their emissions now, rather than waiting for the government to act.”

For more information on the poll, see: environet.policy.net/warming/newsroom/businessmedia/sld001.html .





No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
Combined heat and power; Assessing replacement of electrical systems; Energy codes and lighting; Salary Survey; Fan efficiency
Commissioning lighting control systems; 2016 Commissioning Giants; Design high-efficiency hot water systems for hospitals; Evaluating condensation and condensate
Solving HVAC challenges; Thermal comfort criteria; Liquid-immersion cooling; Specifying VRF systems; 2016 Product of the Year winners
Driving motor efficiency; Preventing Arc Flash in mission critical facilities; Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems
Putting COPS into context; Designing medium-voltage electrical systems; Planning and designing resilient, efficient data centers; The nine steps of designing generator fuel systems
Designing generator systems; Using online commissioning tools; Selective coordination best practices
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.
click me