Juno Beach, Fla., December 21, 2009 — Lew Hay, chairman and CEO of FPL Group, issued the following statement today on the recently concluded international climate talks held in Copenhagen, Denmark:
“I commend President Obama for showing real leadership in the effort to mitigate global carbon emissions. Copenhagen represents one step of many toward an ultimate goal.”
“With the summit’s conclusion, we can now focus on the policy changes we need to make here at home. The Environmental Protection Agency is going to regulate greenhouse gas emissions whether there’s an international agreement or not.”
“We think legislative action is far superior; so does the administration. The House of Representatives has already acted. Now, we need the Senate to act.”
“The bottom line is this: Taking action to address carbon emissions will generate clean-energy jobs, strengthen our energy independence and improve the environment.”
“If we cling to the failed policies of the past, we’ll fall behind in clean energy, remain overly dependent on foreign sources of fuel and further damage the environment.”
FPL Group is an energy company with 2008 revenues of more than $16 billion, about 39,000 MW of generation capacity, and more than 15,000 employees in 27 states and Canada.