US Chamber Of Commerce On The Inside Energy Policy Track

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US General James Jones, retired Marine general, former Nato commander, and newly-appointed National Security Adviser to President Elect Obama.

Don't expect "clean coal" to have a diminished importance in the next US Administration. Yesterday, it was announced, General James Jones (pictured) will be national security adviser to President-Elect, Barack Obama. Per the Wall Street Journal,

Gen. Jones is the president and chief executive of the Institute for 21st Century Energy, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In November, the Institute offered Mr. Obama a roadmap for bolstering U.S. energy security as a key component of increasing its national security.
For those of you who have not payed close attention, the US Chamber is not exactly a hotbed of environmental activism. Check out Industry Groups Suing To Reverse Polar Bear Protection to get the general drift. If you prefer your "must not harm the economy" up neat, here is the Chamber's official position on climate action. The "roadmap" offered to Obama, back when his suggestion box was not yet totally full can be seen here (pdf file download).

Some good strategy and time critical choices are included in the 'road map'; but, "clean coal" is treated as a given.

More important, strategically, the roadmap presumes continued, significant demand growth for energy. Stuck on the paradigm where accelerated energy consumption drives economic growth.

May not mean anything; but if you go to the Institute for 21st Century Energy website and click on the link for Promote Environmental Stewardship, you will see

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It is amazing that the people who for decades have steered economic policy, working from the play-books,largely, of pro-business think tanks...obviously the same people who created the conditions that led to the present financial crisis...continue to suggest that 'economy must take precedence over environment.'

While most US elected officials and trade organizations appear publicly to accept the consensus of climate scientists, climate change seems not yet to be seen as a near-term business risk or as a likely cause of political instability around the world. Business must bring the message forward.

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