ACCCE takes on water: Alstom quits scandal-ridden coal industry front group, joining Duke and Alcoa — time for GE and Caterpillar to jump ship, too

When we last left the flagship of the coal industry efforts to stop the clean air, clean water, clean energy jobs bill, it was fast taking on water (see “Duke Energy quits coal front group over climate bill”). Sure some otherwise sane passengers had joined the crew’s efforts to patch up the holes (see “GE fights for change from the inside “¦ of a scandal-ridden coal industry front group!”) — for now (see below). But the smart ones, like Alcoa, had quietly gotten on one of the few remaining lifeboats.

Today Greenwire (subs. req’d) reports:

Another member of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity is leaving the coal-and-utility trade group, citing concerns about whether the alliance wants to obstruct legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions.

Alstom Power, a French company that makes parts for power plants and is working on carbon sequestration, said it is leaving ACCCE immediately.


“We have resigned from ACCCE because of questions that have been raised about ACCCE’s support for climate legislation,” said Tim Brown, an Alstom spokesman. The French company, which is partnering with U.S. utilities on power-plant projects, said that it wants to “remove any doubt about our full support” for a climate bill.

The move comes less than a week after Duke Energy Corp. said it was withdrawing from ACCCE because of powerful members of the group that are unwilling to support climate legislation. Alstom’s decision also shrinks ACCCE’s membership as the Senate returns and ACCCE lobbies the Senate on its version of climate legislation….

Both Alstom and Duke belong to the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, an alliance of businesses, environmental groups and other organizations lobbying Congress to mandate cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. U.S. CAP in its blueprint for action urges Congress to “quickly” enact legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

There are now just two companies that belong to both ACCCE and U.S. CAP: Caterpillar and General Electric Co.

C’mon Caterpillar and GE — do you really want to go down with the ship? Like the Titanic, the good bad ship ACCCE is coal-powered and steaming too fast in the wrong direction:

The whole effort should be sunk to Davey Jones Locker.

Greenwire has more on Alstom, Caterpillar, and GE:

Alstom had been considering leaving ACCCE “for a while,” Brown said, but decided now based on “the questions about ACCCE’s support that have been raised over the last several weeks.” The decision by Duke, Brown said, “is part of the reason why we looked at it, why we looked at the pros and cons” of staying in ACCCE.

Alstom now will put more energy into its U.S. CAP involvement, Brown said.

“We can focus our resources on supporting groups that are 100 percent aligned with our policy objectives, such as U.S. CAP,” Brown said.

Caterpillar did not respond to a request for comment.

GE, which is involved in energy production, transmission and distribution, said there are differences between its goals on climate legislation and those of ACCCE. But for now, the company is keeping its membership in the trade group.

However, the company is “looking at our membership in ACCCE on a regular basis,” GE spokesman Peter O’Toole said. “If it’s not in the best interest of shareholders for us to be a member, then we won’t be a member.

“We’re having discussions within GE and ACCCE right now,” O’Toole said.

O’Toole would not say specifically how GE’s goals on climate policy differ from those of ACCCE but said that “ACCCE doesn’t reflect our view on climate legislation.”

“We want something done now,” O’Toole said. “Maybe it’s an issue of urgency.”ACCCE does “want something to happen,” O’Toole added. “It’s a very difficult operation with very different constituencies that represent mammoth parts of the economy. Getting it right for all those different sectors is very difficult.”

Yes, ACCCE does “want something to happen” — it’s called catastrophic global warming, dirty air, polluted water, ruined climate, and loss of clean energy jobs to China.

Sierra Club spokesman Josh Dorner said the rejection of ACCCE by Alstom shows that “their extreme policies are making them too radioactive for these corporations. They’re using questionable tactics and are outside the mainstream of the debate.”

It is also “more evidence,” Dorner said, that ACCCE does not want a climate bill. “The right bill for ACCCE is no bill at all. It’s hard to envision a bill that they’d support.”