Duke Energy, one of the largest electric utilities in the midwest and southeast and a prominent memeber of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, announced this week that it has quit the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. ACCCE, as it is known, is a trade group recently exposed as the front group that sent bogus letters on behalf of community groups opposing climate change legislation to Democratic representatives. But Duke claims its withdrawal from ACCCE occurred for a different reason: because other coalition members will not support climate legislation. Duke previously resigned from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) for similar reasons. NAM has launched a multimillion dollar advertising campaign opposing the Waxman-Markey climate bill.
Duke is hardly the only large company member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership with ties to trade groups that oppose climate legislation. The Wonk Room details those ties here. Notable USCAP members who are also members of ACCCE include General Electric, Catepillar and Alstom Power. And USCAP members who are also members of NAM include Dow Chemical, Chrysler, General Electric, Ford, Catepillar and Conoco Electric.