One of the nation's largest electric utilities, Chicago-based Exelon Corp., won't renew its U.S. Chamber of Commerce membership in a dispute over the business group's position on global warming, a company spokeswoman said today.
For those of us who are environmental justice activists, this is a really interesting piece of news. Here in Tennessee we have become aware of of the stands on environmental issues by the U.S. Chamber, and how state or local Chambers of Commerce may align or diverge from the USCOC on such things as climate, land use and water quality.
Because I have a particular interest in aquatic sciences, as well as water law, management and policy I have been collecting articles on these subjects for the past few years from various sources. There is no doubt in my mind that much of the opposition to the Clean Water Restoration Act being proposed in Congress as well as a bucket load of bad water bills introduced into the Tennessee Legislature last session are often in alignment with the post-Rapanos sentiments of the USCOC, an organization that, as I recall, was among those submitting amicus briefs in the Rapanos/Carabell case when it went before the Supreme Court.
(I'll try to snag a link to this in an update.)
At some point I want to tackle a longer post on the issue of human stewardship of planetary resources and the concepts of social-uplift environmentalism in contrast to beliefs of folks who say "it's my property and I can do anything I damned well please on it."
For now I'll leave you with this NYT story...please go to their pages to read the whole thing. Something important is happening here.