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Old 09-22-2009, 05:41 PM   #1
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Free market goes green?

A rather stunning development today...

SAN FRANCISCO -(Dow Jones)- 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, Next100 - A Dialogue on the Next Century of Energy, 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."

The U.S. Chamber has been a vocal critic of climate legislation pending in the Senate, most recently suggesting that the U.S. hold a "Scopes-like" trial to debate evidence that climate change is man-made.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has demurred on the request, saying that its proposed finding that global warming poses a danger to public health is based on sound science.

PG&E said that, in contrast with the U.S. Chamber's stance, the approaches toward climate-change legislation taken by the utility industry group Edison Electric Institute and the broader industry group U.S. Climate Action Partnership, in which PG&E is a member, are "constructive" and "consensus- driven."
I am not sure whether they actually believe what they're saying or whether they are seeing the writing on the wall (there is $$ to be made by going green), but then again, maybe it doesn't matter.

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Fucking socialists...

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Apple, Inc. follows suit...

Apple is committeed to protecting the environment and the communities in which we operate around the world. We strongly object to the Chamber's recent comments opposing the EPA's effort to limit greenhouse gases.

Apple supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and it is frustrating to find the Chamber at odds with us in this effort. We would prefer that the Chamber take a more progressive stance on this critical issue and play a construtive role in addressing the climate crisis. However, because the Chamber's position differs so sharply with Apple's, we have decided to resign our membership effective immediately.
Apple Resigns From U.S. Chamber of Commerce Over Climate Change Stance - Mac Rumors

enlightened self-interest at its best (or worst).
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