"Breaking: Duke Energy quits coal front group over climate bill — GE and Caterpillar should do the same"
The National Journal reports this morning:
UPDATE (Sept. 2, 9:44 a.m.): Duke Energy left the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy on Tuesday over differences with “influential member companies who will not support passing climate change legislation in 2009 or 2010,” the company said.
The ACCCE is a coal industry front group that touts benefits of strong emissions regulations but that opposed the recent House energy and climate bill. ACCCE is the source of the funding for fraudster Bonner who put out those fake anti-Waxman-Markey letters. They have also hired top GOP voter-fraud company to run massive “grassroots” efforts to undermine climate and clean energy action. And, of course, an ACCCE flack said mountaintop removal solves ‘lack of flat space’ in Appalachia.
The NJ article, “Shifting Alliances Define Energy Debate: By Playing Both Sides On The Climate Bill, Energy Companies Muddy The Lobbying Landscape,” is about the companies that have a dual membership in ACCCE and the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, which supports the climate bill (and indeed, helped write it), including General Electric, Alstom Power and Caterpillar.
Here’s more on Duke’s action:
But on Tuesday, Duke left ACCCE because “as the debate evolved, it became clear that there were some influential members who would never support climate legislation no matter what,” Williams told NationalJournal.com this morning.
It was the second time this year that Duke terminated its membership with a group it didn’t see eye-to-eye with on policy. In May, it severed ties with the National Association of Manufacturers [NAM], due, “in part, to diverging perspectives on climate change legislation,” Williams said.
Duke publicly supported the House bill but would like to see parts of it tweaked in the final version. The company uses coal to produce 70 percent of the energy it generates in the U.S.
The question isn’t why Duke quit, but why serious companies like General Electric and Caterpillar haven’t?
UPDATE: Wonk Room has a great post,”Duke Energy Quits Scandal-Ridden American Coalition For Clean Coal Electricity,” which notes other conflicts:
- Members of USCAP and API: Siemens, General Electric [a division] and BP America
- Members of USCAP and the Chamber of Commerce: Alcoa, Caterpillar, ConocoPhillips, Deere & Company, Dow Chemical, Duke Energy, and Siemens
- Member of BICEP [Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy] and the Chamber of Commerce: Nike
- Other ostensibly green companies on the boards of NAM and the Chamber include AT&T, Procter & Gamble, Verizon, Corning, Ford, Honda, Toyota, 3M, Intel, and IBM.
UPDATE: Energy Daily points out that they broke this story last night with Duke Quits Pro-Coal Group Over Climate Stance (subs. req’d)!