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Corporations Pledge Support for Paris Climate Agreement Before Conference Even Starts

Last week in Paris, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP 21 or CMP 11, closed with the expected self-congratulatory back-patting. Attendees, like French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius would boast of a “historic turning point” in the crusade to stem global warming, despite the inability of the Conference to establish any sort of binding actions or enforcement mechanisms.

Not surprisingly, Big Business was also on hand, sensing future windfalls from the investments, many taxpayer subsidized, that seem to always follow major environmental initiatives.

In fact, at the urging of the White House, 154 companies signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge promising to support the outcome of the Paris Conference negotiations before delegates even met.

The Daily Signal explained the incentives for these companies promoting these environmental policies:

Companies here are bent on crafting policies with the government and international bodies that would direct taxpayer money and private investment toward their projects. Private investment dollars will follow taxpayer-funded, subsidized projects because those government programs reduce the financial risk. Those are private investment dollars that can’t be spent on other potentially promising ideas. The result is a system that rewards [what] the government [wants] rather than what the market would produce, crippling innovation, competition and growth.

Many of the companies signing the Pledge already have questionable records of advocacy on Environmental policy issues according to 2nd Vote’s research. Below is the complete list of companies that signed the Pledge before the Paris Conference according to whitehouse.gov (click the links to see where companies in 2nd Vote’s database stand on all the issues):

21ST CENTURY FOX
365 RETAIL MARKETS
ABENGOA BIOENERGY US
ACER AMERICA
ADOBE
AEMETIS
AGILE SOURCING PARTNERS
AIRBNB
AKAMAI
ALCOA
ALL STAR SERVICES
AMAZON
AMD
AMERICAN EXPRESS
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY, INC.
APPLE
AT&T
AUTODESK
DENNISON
BANK OF AMERICA
BEN & JERRY’S
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY ENERGY
BEST BUY
BHP BILLITON
BIOGEN
BLOOMBERG
BMW NA
BNY MELLON
BURNS & MCDONNELL
CA TECHNOLOGIES
CALPINE
CAMPOS BROTHERS FARMS
CANTALOUPE SYSTEMS
CANTEEN & COMPASS GROUP
CARGILL
CH2M
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
COCA-COLA
COX
CRAIG COMMUNICATIONS INC.
DANFOSS
DELL
DSM NORTH AMERICA
DUPONT
EDP RENEWABLES NORTH AMERICA
EMC CORPORATION
ENEL GREEN POWER NORTH AMERICA, INC.
ENER-G RUDOX
ENERGY OPTIMIZERS
EQUINIX
FACEBOOK
FRHAM SAFETY PRODUCTS, INC.
FULCRUM BIOENERGY
GAMESA
GENENTECH
GENERAL MILLS
GENERAL MOTORS
GOLDMAN SACHS
GOOGLE
GOURMET COFFEE SERVICE
GREENWOOD ENERGY
HERSHEY’S
HP
IBERDROLA USA
IHG
IKEA USA
INGERSOLL RAND
INTEL
INTERFACE
INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES
INTERNATIONAL PAPER
INTEX SOLUTIONS, INC.
INTREN
INVENERGY
JETBLUE
J.M. HUBER CORPORATION
JOHNSON & JOHNSON
JOHNSON CONTROLS
KAISER PERMANENTE
KELLOGG’S
KIMBALL ELECTRONICS
KINGSPAN INSULATED PANELS, INC.
KOHL’S DEPARTMENT STORES
KPMG LLP
LAKESHORE LEARNING MATERIALS
LAM RESEARCH
LEGRAND NA.
LENOVO
LEVI STRAUSS & CO.
LINKEDIN
L’OREAL USA
MARS
MCDONALD’S CORPORATION
MESA ASSOCIATES, INC.
MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
MICROSOFT
MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL
MONSANTO
NATIONAL GRID
NATIONAL LABEL COMPANY
NESTLÉ USA
NEWS CORP
NIKE
NOVOZYMES
NRG ENERGY
ONE3LED
ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
PACIFIC ETHANOL
PATHEON
PEPSI
PG&E
POET
PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC
PROCTER & GAMBLE
PROLOGIS
PWC US
QUALCOMM
RICOH USA
RIO TINTO
RM2
ROYAL VENDING
SALESFORCE.COM
SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
SIEMENS USA
SKYONIC CORPORATION
SONY USA
STAPLES
STARBUCKS
SWITCH COMMUNICATIONS
SYMANTEC
SYNGENTA/QCCP
TARGET
TESLA MOTORS
TRI-ALPHA ENERGY
TRI GLOBAL ENERGY
UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION CO., INC.
UNILEVER
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES
UPS
VALLEY ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION, INC.; VALLEY ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION ASSOCIATION
VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS
VF CORPORATION
VOLVO GROUP NORTH AMERICA
WALMART
THE WITTERN GROUP
XEROX CORPORATION
XYLEM