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Shocker: Exelon Broke With the Chamber of Commerce for Filthy Lucre
October 5, 2009, 4:36 pm
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Show trials are way more interesting than EPA reports

Show trials are way more interesting than EPA reports

By now you’ve heard that Exelon, a Chicago-based energy company, has resigned from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over their anti-climate change legislation efforts. The Chamber’s approach to combatting climate change is to hold a “Scopes Monkey Trial” complete with a judge to rule on whether climate change is man-made or not. I personally can’t think of a better use of my tax dollars than to throw out the findings of the EPA and hold a show trial, but then I’m a native Tennessean and I would be profoundly grateful to pass the crazy torch to someone else.

Exelon is joining a small but growing group of companies to break with the Chamber over climate change.  The Chamber of Commerce, of course, is one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in DC – they’ve spent more money to influence legislation over the past decade than their nearest competitors have put together.

So are you sitting down? I hope so, because I have some shocking news.  Exelon didn’t break with the Chamber of Commerce out of a disinterested desire to do right by the planet, but because – wait for it – they anticipate that their company will benefit from climate change legislation! I know, I know! Poor Kimberly Strassel, a member of the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board, is shocked and appalled that a member of a lobbying organization would want their membership to result in favorable legislation. Why, why that would be RENT SEEKING! The US Chamber of Commerce is very strongly opposed to businesses deriving economic advantage through policy decisions instead of through the production of wealth, which is why they they’ve spent $26 million dollars this year attempting to influence legislation on health reform, the employee free choice act, consumer protection regulation, and a range of other issues.

Leaving aside the fact that lobbying doesn’t mean what Strassel thinks it means, Exelon, Apple, and the other companies breaking with the Chamber of Commerce are simply practicing a new and improved corporate strategy for sustainability.  In an ideal world every company could do well by doing good, but the truth is that there are going to be winners and losers when new legislation gets passed. Companies that have a seat at the negotiating table are much more likely to be winners than companies who go in for cheap theatrics.


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