A new Capitol Hill climate task force wants a wide range of parties — including energy companies, green groups, sports leagues and plenty in-between — to submit suggestions for federal actions to battle global warming.
The letter to 300-plus companies and groups is among the first actions of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change that Democrats unveiled last week.
Recipients of the letter include oil and power companies such as Exxon and Southern Co., think tanks, environmentalists, defense contractors, retailers like Wal-Mart, financial companies like Goldman Sachs, food companies and many other sectors.
Also on the list: the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and other sports leagues.
*In a weird premonition, yesterday we suggested new environmental issue-inspired nicknames for professional sports team. How were we supposed to know that the U.S. Congress was thinking along the same lines, combining the insights of professional sports franchises (the guys who think Tim Tebow will be a good fit in New York, or think Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol can co-habitate the lane) to address climate change. It will be interesting to see how these teams, with discount rates a few points greater than those used in climate economics (e.g., the Herschel Walker trade), will address a far away uncertain event.