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Petitioning Chairman and CEO, Visa Inc Joseph Saunders

Visa: Keep Campaign Donations True To Your Environmental Rhetoric


According to Visa's website, the credit-card company is a proud environmental champion. They brag about office buildings with Energy Star efficiencies, formal recognition of green accomplishments from the EPA and the Department of Transportation, and more. In Europe, the company even offers carbon-neutral cardsYet despite this rhetoric, Visa continues to make campaign contributions to right-wing lawmakers bent on distorting climate science and destroying the EPA.

Visa's lobbyists are this year's biggest contributor to Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, one of the biggest environmental villains in Congress. And in 2010, two of Visa's PAC's three largest House contributions were to Hensarling and the even more anti-environmental House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Cantor is the man helps lead the tea party caucus and who sets the House agenda - an agenda that included over 100 anti-environment votes last year. That means he is a major player in virtually every recent assault on the Clean Air Act, every attempt to curb the EPA's authority, and every bill that would roll back subsidies for green jobs and the clean energy industry.

Hensarling is the House Republican Conference Chairman, so helps Cantor with that agenda. Grist.org describes him as a "vociferous foe of climate action and the EPA," and he has publicy stood with the Koch Brothers on climate change. Sadly, Hensarling is the co-chair of the deficit "Supercommittee," so sits in a ready position to make even deeper environmental cuts to the U.S. budget next year.

The environmental harm Visa does by supporting these politicians outweighs all the good its internal corporate policies accomplish. If Visa's executives want us, their customers, to see them as truly beneficial to our environment and our society, then they need to help hold Cantor and Hensarling accountable for their harmful records on climate change, science, and the Clean Air Act. Tell Visa: Be consistent, and withhold further contributions until these politicians take serious climate action.

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Letter to
Chairman and CEO, Visa Inc Joseph Saunders
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Visa Inc..

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Be True To Their Environmental Rhetoric - Hold Congress Accountable

According to your company's website, Visa is a proud environmental champion. You write about your office buildings with Energy Star efficiencies, formal recognition of green accomplishments from the EPA and the Department of Transportation, and much more. Despite this proud record, however, your PAC and lobbyists continue to make campaign contributions to lawmakers bent on distorting climate science and destroying the EPA. I write to ask that you use your leverage as a donor to hold these politicians accountable and ask them change their environmental positions.

Your lobbyists are this year's biggest contributor to Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, one of the biggest environmental villains in Congress. And in 2010, two of the PAC Visa USA's three largest House contributions were to Hensarling and the even more anti-environmental House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Cantor is the man helps lead the tea party caucus and who sets the House agenda - an agenda that included over 100 anti-environment votes last year. That means he is a major player in virtually every recent assault on the Clean Air Act, every attempt to curb the EPA's authority, and every bill that would roll back subsidies for green jobs and the clean energy industry. Hensarling is one of his top lieutenants in this agenda.

The harm you do to the environment by supporting these politicians outweighs all the good any internal corporate policies can ever accomplish. If you want us, your customers, to see you as truly beneficial to our environment and our society, then hold Cantor and Hensarling accountable for their harmful records on climate change, science, and the Clean Air Act. I demand that you publicly speak out against their records and demand climate action and cease making further contributions to them until they change course - or at least stop portraying yourself as an environmentally-friendly corporation.

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Sincerely,