Top climate lobbyists

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, New York Times posted this interesting article about major firms lobbying for businesses and organizations that seek to influence global warming legislation this year. According to a recent study from the watchdog group Center for Public Integrity, more than half of those 880 total businesses and groups are manufacturers, power companies, and the oil and gas industry.

The number of interests lobbying on global warming is also up 14% this year compared to last year. And that’s just in the first quarter.

However, don’t blame the Obama administration for it. According to the study, the number of interests lobbying on climate change already jumped more than 400% to over 770 from 2003 through 2008. Still, the White House’s intense focus on climate change is expected to accelerate more lobbyists this year.

While energy-intensive industries typically want a lesser punitive emissions tax (or trade), companies such as Sun Microsystems, eBay, Google, Microsofit and consumer brand names Nike, Levi Strauss & Co., and Starbucks, have jumped into the fray and are engaged in an organized lobbying push this year – seeking even more aggressive limits on carbon emissions by 2020 than the Waxman-Markey legislation envisions.

According to the report, the companies are lobbying on behalf of themselves and with help from the organization Ceres, a network of institutional investors and environmental groups that has been active for two decades on sustainability issues.

Other new entries are the food processors such as Land O’ Lakes, Tyson Foods, the American Beverage Association, the American Meat Institute, the National Chicken Council, the National Turkey Federation, and the U.S. Beet Sugar Association. These companies are said to be wary of a possible increase in energy costs under any program to limit the carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning.

This is why the House Agriculture Committee is expecting their own major revisions of the recently voted ACES bill.

So if you are looking for a nice, high-paying job that might be more secured than the financial sector, you might want to consider these top 10 lobbying firms that represent almost 100 of those business interests — including some of the biggest trade organizations and companies most active in the climate change debate.

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