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Climate change conflict spurs Duke and Alstom to leave coalition

October 2009

Two energy companies have resigned from a US coal industry group over reservations about its climate change stance.

US-based Duke Energy and France’s Alstom Power left the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) last month because they disapprove of its lobbying against congressional action on climate change. The decisions were made separately but within a week of each other.

Both companies are also members of the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a grouping of businesses and environmental groups that has urged the US government to ‘quickly enact strong national legislation to require significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions’. Two other US-based companies, Caterpillar and General Electric, remain in both organizations.

Duke Energy said: ‘While some individual members of ACCCE are working to pass climate change legislation, we believe it is constrained by influential member companies who will not support passing climate change legislation in 2009 or 2010. This is not consistent with Duke Energy’s work to pass economy-wide and cost-effective climate change legislation as soon as possible.’

Alstom Power, which manufactures parts for power plants, said it wanted to ‘remove any doubt about our full support’ for a US climate bill.

ACCCE, which has more than 40 corporate members, denies wholesale opposition to climate change legislation, saying such measures are ‘important’ but that it wants them to be ‘affordable as well as effective’.

American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity | North America | Lobbying

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