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Companies desert the climate deniosphere

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(Read caption) More and more companies, such as Pacific Gas & Electric, are stepping away from membership in trade organizations that deny climate change.

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Increasingly, companies are leaving trade associations that have taken positions at odds with what science is telling us about human-induced global warming — that it's real and that we'd better address it sooner rather than later.

Last week, Pacific Gas & Electric (possibly best known nationally as the villain in the movie Erin Brockovich") left the US Chamber of Commerce over "fundamental differences" on how to approach climate change caused by a build-up of greenhouse gases in earth's atmosphere.

Then New Mexico-based PNM Resources announced it would let its membership in the Chamber expire over similar concerns. And in a statement, Nike expressed its discontent with the Chamber's obfuscating approach to climate change.

In a letter [PDF], PG&E chairman and CEO Peter Darbee said:

We find it dismaying that the Chamber neglects the indisputable fact that a decisive majority of experts have said the data on global warming are compelling and point to a threat that cannot be ignored. In our opinion, an intellectually honest argument over the best policy response to the challenges of climate change is one thing; disingenuous attempts to diminish or distort the reality of these challenges are quite another.
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