Statement from The Nature Conservancy on the CEO Climate Dialogue's Visit to Capitol Hill and the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus

  • Heather Layman
    Director of Policy Communications
    The Nature Conservancy
    Email: hlayman@TNC.ORG

Today, CEOs from six companies and two NGOs, all members of the CEO Climate Dialogue, went to Capitol Hill to lobby Congress for a federal price on carbon in accord with the Dialogue’s Guiding Principles. Included on their agenda is a meeting with the newly formed Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, the long-awaited counterpart to the House caucus by the same name.

The CEO Climate Dialogue is committed to advancing climate action and durable federal climate policy in the U.S. Congress. The goal of the group is to urge the President and Congress to enact a market-based approach to climate change in accordance with a set of six Guiding Principles for climate legislation, which were publicly released last May. The group aims to build bipartisan support for climate policies that will increase regulatory and business certainty, reduce climate risk, and spur investment and innovation needed to meet science-based emissions reduction targets.

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“Executives from top companies are sending a clear message to Congress that they want to see action on climate change,” said Sally Jewell, CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “To make meaningful progress on this critical issue, business and government leaders must work together, shaping government policy to drive business innovation in line with important environmental outcomes.”

People across the country are grappling with climate change right now. The announcement on November 4 by President Trump that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate change reinforces the imperative that other leaders—in the Congress and in the private sector—step forward to embrace and advance national climate solutions. The Nature Conservancy believes all solutions must be on the table. That includes a price on carbon.

“We’re especially pleased that the CEO Climate Dialogue’s agenda includes time with the new Senate Climate Solutions Caucus,” said Jewell. “The similar House caucus has been a valuable incubator for sharing ideas across party lines during a time when bipartisanship on this issue has been hard to come by. We’re pleased to see the Senate take up this work so that we can build the kind of durable climate policy needed to meet the urgent threat of climate change. We’re grateful to Senators Coons and Braun for their leadership in bringing this important effort to life in the Senate.” 

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 75 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 38 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.