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 CarperDems probe claims of religious bias in DHS 'trusted traveler' program Senate Dems want Trump to release ethics waivers, visitor logs Medicare’s coverage decisions need more input from physicians 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.