I wonder whether we are entering an era where the ethical corporations and citizens will be divided from the unethical--the green pioneers from the greenwashers--in terms of their willingness to lead on climate change legislation. Evidence suggests that such leadership will need to come from more than the usual suspects to be effective--WalMart's efforts will carry more weight than Whole Foods.
Today, Excelon joined a growing number of utilities who resigned from the US Chamber of Commerce over its resistance to climate change legislation. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Chairman and CEO John W. Rowe, in an address to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, said his Chicago company is so committed to climate legislation that it will let its chamber membership lapse.
“Because of their stridency against carbon legislation, Exelon has decided not to renew its membership in the U.S. Chamber this year,” Rowe said.
Oskar Schindler was a German businessman who saved almost 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories. Similarly, It is up to the corporations that lead this nation to use their dramatic influence to enable the passage of effective climate change legislation.