Clean Air Watch was in Atlanta yesterday as the US EPA held its final hearing on its proposed smog standards. An excellent summary below from the publication Creative Loafing:
One of the more provocative side issues: support for the do-nothing industry position from the National Conference of Black Mayors. Greenwire today notes that other speakers castigated the group for taking such a surprising position.
But why did it, especially given the impact of pollution on minority communities?
One clue may lie with the group's Corporate Advisory Council, which enables private companies, for a fee, to have close dealings with the group: "It provides access to the chief elected officials of hundreds of local governments, including scores of large American cities. It also provides a platform through which business interests can communicate their perspectives on issues and opportunities." http://www.ncbm.org/corporate_advisory_counsil.html
Another possible clue: ExxonMobil was a primary sponsor for some of the festivities at the group's recent annual meeting: http://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:4wB8_N0_5AkJ:brgov.com/dept/DDD/Events/festforall.htm+%22national+conference+of+black+mayors%22+and+exxonmobil&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=us