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A new role model for N.C. power companies?

Think Progress had this very heartening news yesterday:

One of the biggest opponents of climate change legislation has been the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the “world’s largest business federation” that calls itself the “voice of business.” The Chamber has claimed the Obama administration is secretly hiding evidence that climate change isn’t a real threat, claimed that global warming regulations would “strangle the economy,” and even called for a new “Scopes trial” to call into question the science of global warming.

Today, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that it is quitting the Chamber over its “extreme position” on climate change:

‘PG&E Corp. (PCG) said Tuesday it is leaving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over objections to what its top executive called the chamber’s “extreme position on climate change.”

In a letter to the U.S. Chamber published on PG&E’s blog, www.next100.com, PG& E Chairman and Chief Executive Peter Darbee wrote that company employees “find it dismaying that the Chamber neglects the indisputable fact that a decisive majority of experts have said the data on global warming are compelling and point to a threat that cannot be ignored.’”

Got that? Another huge fossil fuels company is acknowledging the sad truth about global warming. Sounds like an act for Duke Power and Progress Energy, among many others, to follow — that is, IF they’re members. The U.S. Star Chamber of Commerce keeps its membership “private”.

2 Comments


  1. Rob B

    September 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    It looks like Nike is joining the fight, too: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/paltman/pge_nike.html

    If they lose Nike, I have a feeling global warming will start to make perfect sense to them.

  2. IBXer

    September 24, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Hey, I thought you guys supported unions?

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