Global Warming Burns the Chamber

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 Three major utilities have withdrawn from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the past week due to the group’s climate change policy.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.

6 Comments

  1. anon

    September 28, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Exelon imagines it will get loads of money to build low carbon nuclear power plants. The Naive fools do not realize that nuclear plants will not be constructed for the express reason that they would solve the crises. The worst enemy of any environmental crises is a solution, as the state of fear is the foundation of environmentalist power.

  2. chrissie

    September 29, 2009 at 3:16 am

    Thats quite cynic. i dont think its about hoaxes here. its about nature presenting a problem that science observes and can deal with . now its time to do so. then if environmentalists get more power i am fine with that as the ones who had it before failed to execute theri powers and take measures needed in the first place.

  3. Eve

    September 29, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Somebody has to question the EPA’s finding and it will not be the government. They ordered it and have a big stake in carbon dioxide being found hazardous to human health. It is a funny thing to do on a carbon based planet with carbon based life forms since carbon dioxide has always been and always will be part of the atmosphere. I look forward to the EPA having to prove this; they cannot and they have murdered millions with their stupidity. I hope they will be disbanded or ordered not to exhale.

  4. IBXer

    September 29, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Three companies agree with you? Holy moly! That’s like more than a hundred people!!!

  5. Rob B

    September 30, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Nike is off the board at the Chamber, but they haven’t withdrawn. Still, a step in the right direction.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/60889-nike-resigns-from-chambers-board-citing-climate-differences

  6. IBXer

    October 5, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Rob, even you should be able to see the hypocrisy in Nike supporting cap and trade. Their shoes are, afterall, made in China who is refusing to reduce CO2. So Nike supports making it more expensive to make shoes in America…

    Not only are their actions with the Chamber going to get the left in America all wet in the crotch, but it will also increase their bottom line. How peachy.