By Alexander Bolton - 06/17/10 07:31 PM EDT
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 CarperTom CarperYahoo hack spurs push for legislation Election-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Overnight Healthcare: McConnell unveils new Zika package | Manchin defends daughter on EpiPens | Bill includes M for opioid crisis 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.