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US: Utility PG&E withdraws from Chamber of Commerce over climate change

Date: 23 Sep 2009

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Pacific Gas and Electric, the California-based utility, has pulled its membership of the US Chamber of Commerce over the chamber's sceptical line on global warming. The chairman Peter A. Darbee said: "We find it dismaying that the chamber neglects the indisputable fact that a decisive majority of experts have said that the data on global warming are compelling and point to a threat that cannot be ignored".

The Chamber of Commerce has attacked President Obama's approach to regulating greenhouse gas emissions. It says that it supports the reduction of such emissions in principle, but opposes measures that would push the price of energy upwards.

PG&E follows in the footsteps of Alcoa and Duke Energy, which withdrew from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity over negative campaigning and attitudes on climate policy.

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