In a blow to the coal industry’s fight against climate change legislation, Duke Energy, the electric utility giant, has dropped out of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, National Journal reported this morning. The ACCCE raised eyebrows this summer when it was discovered that a firm the group hired to lobby against the climate bill had sent letters of opposition to lawmakers, forged in the name of advocacy groups like the NAACP.
In leaving the coalition, Duke cited differences with “influential member companies who will not support passing climate change legislation in 2009 or 2010,” National Journal wrote.
The news was music to the ears of environmental groups, who have said for months that the ACCCE never intended to support a climate bill, regardless of what it contained. In a statement, Bruce Nilles, director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, said that Duke’s move “should not be surprising.”
It is clear that ACCCE does not have the best interests of the American public at heart. Their only goal is to preserve the dirty status quo for coal, and they will do whatever it takes to keep things that way.
Safe to say that Nilles won’t be attending this weekend’s Friends of America Rally.