Kerry, Lieberman tap corporate execs to push their climate bill

Sens. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryKentucky candidate takes heat for tweeting he'd like to use congressman for target practice Breitbart editor: Biden's son inked deal with Chinese government days after vice president’s trip State lawmakers pushing for carbon taxes aimed at the poor MORE (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), the authors of a bill to combat global warming, met with several high-ranking corporate executives on Thursday to build momentum for their legislation.

Nearly 20 senators attended the meeting with the CEOs of General Electric, Dow Corning and Honeywell International.

Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.) was the only Republican to attend the meeting.
George Davis, the chief financial officer of Applied Materials Inc., also attended the meeting.
The CEOs argued that capping carbon emissions would create an economic incentive to pursue renewable energy technologies and create green jobs in the United States.
“They’ve been very vocal in saying there needs to be a price on carbon,” said Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperWarren turns focus to Kushner’s loans Overnight Energy: Dems probe EPA security contract | GAO expands inquiry into EPA advisory boards | Dems want more time to comment on drilling plan Overnight Regulation: Senate takes first step to passing Dodd-Frank rollback | House passes bill requiring frequent reviews of financial regs | Conservatives want new checks on IRS rules MORE (D-Del.). “The audience they need to convince to do something this year is us, Democrats and Republicans.
“The best way for them to present their message to us is to do it face to face,” said Carper, who called the meeting "very persuasive.”
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Ben Geman contributed to this report.