"Climate and Energy Issues Send Hordes to K Street"
"The number of companies and organizations hiring energy lobbyists reached record levels last year as major climate legislation worked its way through Congress.
More than 1,700 groups and businesses turned to K Street in 2009 for help on energy, climate and nuclear issues, a jump from 1,331 in 2008, according to new data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
The numbers constitute a more than 70 percent increase from three years ago and include companies ranging from information technology giants to steel manufacturers.
In addition, many companies spent unprecedented amounts individually to get their voices heard on global warming policy with federal agencies and lawmakers."Source: ClimateWire, 02/11/2010