PG&E Tells the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Take a Hike

Thomas Schueneman

California utility Pacific Gas & Electric leaves the US Chamber of Commerce due to the organization's obstructionist and extreme position on climate change.

California Utility Pacific Gas & Electric announced yesterday that it would leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its "extreme" position on climate change. Last month the Chamber proposed that a "trial" be held on climate science, it chose to characterize the ill-fated idea as "the Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century.

PG&E isn't buying it.

In a letter outlining the reasons why the company rejects the Chamber's position and why it therefore must leave the organization, PG&E chairman and CEO Peter Darbee wrote:

We 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,” Darbee wrote. “In our opinion, an intellectually honest argument over the best policy response to the challenges of climate change is one thing; disingenuous attempts to diminish or distort the reality of these challenges are quite another.”

For the full story, including how other companies are rejecting advocacy groups the continue to obstruct progress on climate change, read my latest post on Red, Green, And


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