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U.S. Companies Say Climate Change Is a Problem—But Still Lobby Against Solutions

A new report from sustainability nonprofit Ceres finds that most large companies aren’t putting lobbying muscle behind climate goals.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

While more than 80% of the largest U.S. companies have set emissions reduction goals, less than half engaged with lawmakers to advocate for science-based climate policies — and more than 20% have lobbied against them, according to report released Tuesday by sustainability nonprofit Ceres.

“Claiming credit for making operational climate change commitments while undermining the necessary policy measures to achieve those very commitments poses significant reputational and financial risks to companies,” the report’s authors wrote.