Duke Energy's CEO Jim Rodgers has been saying that his company is serious about supporting a cap and trade bill that will help us get off of fossil fuels. Yesterday, his company made a major step by leaving the controversial American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). Duke is out because it wants a bill passed and ACCCE doesn't.You probably know ACCCE through its singing coal carolers and its recent partnership with Bonner and Associates, the PR firm who sent fake letters to members of Congress to lobby them to vote against the climate bill.
The following are talking points related to Duke Energy withdrawing from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, which Duke Energy has been a member of since the fall of 2007.
· While some individual members of ACCCE are working to pass climate change legislation, we believe ACCCE is constrained by influential member companies who will not support passing climate change legislation in 2009 or 2010.
· This became increasingly apparent during and after the debate on the Waxman/Markey legislation in the U.S. House in recent months.
· This is not consistent with Duke Energy's work to pass economy-wide and cost effective climate change legislation as soon as possible.
· Therefore, effective Sept. 1, 2009, Duke Energy resigned from ACCCE
Who will be next to leave ACCCE? How about GE?