Nation’s Largest Utility Leaves U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Over Climate Denial

Posted by Trish Riley, September 28, 2009

Today, Exelon CEO John Rowe announced that his company — the largest electric utility company in the United States — would not renew its membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of its opposition to global warming action. In his keynote address to the annual conference of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the nation’s largest association of energy efficiency experts, Rowe said that the Chamber’s multi-million-dollar campaign against clean energy legislation is incompatible with Exelon’s commitment to climate change leadership.

Exelon is the third energy company to sever ties with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the past week, joining Pacific Gas & Electric and PNM Resources.

I am impressed by this stance, although, according to the Exelon website , it is the largest nuclear power provider in the world, with 17 facilities. The Exelon Corporate Responsibility Statement indicates that plans for a new plant “may not be feasible,” but the company is making a substantial investment in both wind and solar power. I like the way this looks and sounds. I hope it’s genuine and sincere, and not just green wash.

via Think Progress » Nation’s Largest Utility Leaves U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Over Climate Denial.