Interesting news from the Green Inc. blog at the Times. Three major utilities have withdrawn from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the past week due to the group’s climate change policy. Exelon, a nuclear power company, has followed PG&E and PNM Resources (“a New Mexico utility holding company”) right out of the business group “because of the chamber’s ‘opposition to climate legislation.’”
It has vigorously opposed climate legislation. According to The Los Angeles Times, chamber officials have called for a reexamination of the Environmental Protection Agency’s global warming findings, as part of a ‘Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century.’”
The chamber denies being on the wrong side of science, claiming that it’s only “questioning the science behind the Environmental Protection agency’s recent finding that greenhouse gases pose a danger to public health and welfare,” not the fact of global warming itself. I think that hair’s too fine to split, and at least three companies agree with me. Isn’t it nice to see a little internecine fracas in what sometimes seems a monolithic business community? Kind of like glimpsing the chink in a knight’s armor, or the gap in a fortress wall. I’m glad businesses are not just coming out in favor of climate legislation, but publicly calling out the chamber for not doing so. It’s not early enough to forestall all of the planet’s problems, as the Krug pointed out this morning, but it is, at long last, a start.