Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Japanese business can lead in global warming solutions

Former Vice President and current global warming heavyweight Al Gore told the Japanese Business Federation Keidanren that it could have significant global warming policy influence in the United States. Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth" opened in Japan last week. Gore told the audience,
"The business leadership of Japan can lead the way and lead the business community of the world...Your determination to be a part of the solution can be the key to the world successfully solving this crisis."

Japanese businesses command respect around the world, Gore noted, and they could send a powerful message to Washington and colleagues in the U.S. that acting on global warming makes good business sense.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Europe earlier this month and urged major polluters like the U.S., China, and India to sign on to the Kyoto Protocol. Japan's own global warming pollution is currently 14.1% higher than its target of cutting emissions to 6% below their 1990 levels.

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