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

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

Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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  1. I’m in a total support of doing something to help the enviroment, but they are really getting carried away. This has to be done in a way that helps everyone including people who have jobs at risk


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