Apple, Google, and Microsoft Join Hands


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These And Ten Other Giant Companies Make The Business Case For Addressing Climate Change

We are getting excited about next week’s expected release of the Clean Power Plan from the Obama administration. And it looks like we are not the only ones. Yesterday, thirteen of the world’s biggest and most powerful companies committed $140 billion in low-carbon investments and joined the Administration’s “Act on Climate” initiative.

This pledge, ahead of next week’s announcement and the United Nations climate talks in Paris at the end of the year, shows that tackling climate change is not just a moral and public health issue, it’s also an economic issue. The companies committed to a range of actions to help curb their contribution to climate change: Apple will build 140 MW of renewable energy; Bank of America will increase green investment from $50 billion to $125 billion; Google will continue on its path to 100 percent renewable energy; Berkshire Hathaway Energy, of Warren Buffett’s investment conglomerate, will close 75 percent of its coal-fired power plants in Nevada by 2019.

The full list of companies is as follows: Alcoa, Apple, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Cargill, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, PepsiCo, UPS, and Walmart. Click here to read more about the announcement.

The companies’ announcement also further marginalizes conservative opponents who continue to deny man-made climate change, claim they are “not scientists,” and refuse to take action to combat the warming of the climate. Since many of these self-proclaimed pro-business politicians have not yet taken to the overwhelming evidence already presented proving that climate change is real, maybe the folks running some of the world’s most successful businesses can help change their minds. But we aren’t holding our breath.

BOTTOM LINE: Over a dozen multi-national corporations announced their commitment to address climate change yesterday. The public pledge comes at an important time in the efforts to stop man-made climate change: it is just days before the Obama administration issues its final version of the Clean Power Plan to limit the levels of carbon emissions in states. And the announcement is just another piece of evidence to demonstrate that conservatives are being disingenuous by ignoring the climate reality – and are being dangerous by failing to act.

 

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The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.22, the legislative vehicle for the Highway bill, with the time until 10:00am equally divided. All time during adjournment of the Senate will count post-cloture on the McConnell amendment #2266, as modified (highway/transportation substitute). At 10:00am, all post-cloture time on the McConnell substitute amendment #2266 will be considered expired and the Senate will proceed to a series of votes (3 voice votes and 2 roll call votes are expected). Further, if cloture is invoked on H.R.22, the post-cloture time will count as if cloture had been invoked at 6:00am on Wednesday.

10:00am on Wednesday – 3 voice votes, 2 roll call votes expected (additional procedural votes are possible)

  • Motion to table McConnell first degree amendment to underlying bill SA #2417 (date change) [voice vote expected]
  • Adoption of McConnell for Inhofe second degree amendment #2533 to SA #2421 (highway/transportation with technical changes and with Ex-Im) [voice vote expected]
  • Adoption of McConnell first degree amendment #2421 to SA #2266 (highway/transportation with technical changes and without Ex-Im) [voice vote expected]
  1. Adoption of McConnell amendment #2266, as modified (highway substitute) [roll call vote expected]
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.22, as amended, if amended [roll call vote expected]

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

  1. Adoption of McConnell amendment #2266, as modified (highway substitute); adopted: 62-38.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.22, as amended, if amended; invoked: 65-35.

Legislative Business

Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.J.Res.61, Hire More Heroes Act of 2015.

Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.1881, prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood (Ernst/others).

Adopted S.Res.234, Committee Rules.

Adopted S.Res.235, Spinal Cord Injury Awareness.

Completed the following by voice votes:

  1. Motion to table McConnell first degree amendment to underlying bill SA #2417 (date change)
  2. Adoption of McConnell for Inhofe second degree amendment #2533 to SA #2421 (highway/transportation with technical changes and with Ex-Im)
  3. Adoption of McConnell first degree amendment #2421 to SA #2266 (highway/transportation with technical changes and without Ex-Im)

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Last Floor Action:
6:16:40 P.M. – SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

Last Floor Action:
8:41:42 P.M. – The House adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 29, 2015.

10:00:14 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:23 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:36 A.M. MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.
10:53:52 A.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 614, S. 764, and S. 242. Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 64 and S. Con. Res. 20.
10:53:53 A.M. MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House resumed with Morning-Hour Debate.
11:30:23 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:04 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 29.
12:00:11 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:31 P.M. POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS ON APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Wilson (SC) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Wilson (SC) objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the approval of the Journal until a time to be announced.
12:02:06 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Higgins to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:22 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches, which by direction of the Chair would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle.
12:43:05 P.M. H. Res. 388 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 388 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1994) to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3236) to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, to provide resource flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care services, and for other purposes.”
12:46:28 P.M. H. Res. 388 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 388.
2:17:30 P.M. H. Res. 388 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 242 – 180 (Roll no. 483).
2:28:35 P.M. H. Res. 388 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 243 – 183 (Roll no. 484).
2:28:36 P.M. H. Res. 388 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:28:38 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of a motion to suspend the rules, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
2:28:40 P.M. H.R. 1300 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1300 — “To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to make anthrax vaccines and antimicrobials available to emergency response providers, and for other purposes.”
2:36:36 P.M. H.R. 1300 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 424 – 0 (Roll no. 485).
2:36:36 P.M. H.R. 1300 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:37:08 P.M. H.R. 1994 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 388. H.R. 1994 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes.”
2:37:13 P.M. H.R. 1994 Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. All points of order against consideration of the bills are waived. For H.R. 1994, The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. No amendment will be in order except those printed in the report accompanying the resolution.
2:37:32 P.M. H.R. 1994 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 388 and Rule XVIII.
2:37:33 P.M. H.R. 1994 The Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Fortenberry to act as Chairman of the Committee.
2:38:04 P.M. H.R. 1994 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1994.
3:07:47 P.M. H.R. 1994 The Committee rose informally to recieve a message from the President.
3:07:55 P.M. H.R. 1994 GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole resumed its sitting.
3:47:03 P.M. H.R. 1994 An amendment, offered by Mr. Benishek, numbered 1 printed in House Report 114-234 to reform and improve the VA Inspector General’s ability to report on problems and problem employees at the VA. Also, it requires the IG to release reports including employee misconduct to the public and explain what changes the VA has requested, requires the IG to identify a manager responsible for fixing an identified problem, makes it easier to fire an identified employee, and targets the bonuses of employees that fail to solve problems.
3:47:08 P.M. H.R. 1994 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 388, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Benishek amendment No. 1.
3:57:25 P.M. H.R. 1994 On agreeing to the Benishek amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:58:07 P.M. H.R. 1994 An amendment, in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Takano, No. 2 printed in House Report 114-234 to provide VA Secretary the authority to immediately suspend without pay any employee whose performance or misconduct is a threat to health or safety; ensure back pay for whistleblowers unfairly terminated, and cap the payment of administrative leave to 14 days. Amendment makes effective date of back pay provision October 1, 2015.
3:58:11 P.M. H.R. 1994 DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 388, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Takano amendment in the nature of a substitute No. 2.
4:20:05 P.M. H.R. 1994 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Takano amendment in the nature of a substitute the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Takano demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:20:23 P.M. H.R. 1994 Mr. Miller (FL) moved that the Committee rise.
4:20:40 P.M. H.R. 1994 On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
4:20:50 P.M. H.R. 1994 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 1994 as unfinished business.
4:21:15 P.M. H.R. 3236 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 388. H.R. 3236 — “To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, to provide resource flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care services, and for other purposes.”
4:21:20 P.M. H.R. 3236 Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. All points of order against consideration of the bills are waived. For H.R. 1994, The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. No amendment will be in order except those printed in the report accompanying the resolution.
4:22:05 P.M. H.R. 3236 QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION – The Chair announced that the bill contained an emergency designation pursuant to section 4(g)(1) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 and accordingly, the Chair would put the question of consideration under section 4(g)(2) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010. By voice vote, the Chair announced that the question of consideration had been decided in the affirmative.
4:24:30 P.M. H.R. 3236 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3236.
4:48:38 P.M. H.R. 3236 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
5:32:10 P.M. H.R. 3236 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 385 – 34, 1 Present (Roll no. 486).
5:32:11 P.M. H.R. 3236 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:32:36 P.M. H.R. 1994 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1994 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes.”
5:32:52 P.M. H.R. 1994 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
5:33:02 P.M. H.R. 1994 UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of an amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.
5:38:28 P.M. H.R. 1994 On agreeing to the Takano amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 191 – 233 (Roll no. 487).
5:38:33 P.M. H.R. 1994 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1994.
5:39:10 P.M. H.R. 1994 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
5:39:24 P.M. H.R. 1994 The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
5:40:28 P.M. H.R. 1994 Mr. Takano moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
5:40:54 P.M. H.R. 1994 Floor summary: DEBATE – The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Takano motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to ensure that the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs may not remove or demote an individual that has filed a whistleblower complaint or sought corrective action from the Office of Special Counsel or the Inspector General regarding a threat to the health or safety of the public or regarding a prohibited personnel practice.
5:47:46 P.M. H.R. 1994 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
5:55:11 P.M. H.R. 1994 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 184 – 241 (Roll no. 488).
6:02:24 P.M. H.R. 1994 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 256 – 170 (Roll no. 489).
6:02:25 P.M. H.R. 1994 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:02:28 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal on which further proceedings had been postponed.
6:03:01 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.
6:03:45 P.M. Mr. Stivers asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, it adjourn to meet at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015. Agreed to without objection.
6:03:59 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
6:16:40 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

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