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The giant energy company Exelon has become the latest in a parade of energy heavy hitters to quit the U.S. Chamber over the Chamber's steadfast denial of global warming.  Last week, west coast energy leader PG&E quit, and New Mexico's PNM sharply criticized the Chamber and reduced its role there.

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Utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric has quit the US Chamber of Commerce, decrying the Chamber's opposition to efforts that would protect the climate.  This marks the beginning of a major shift in the way climate change will be portrayed in the media.

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Today's NYT page 1 story reads:

The platoon’s push began shortly after 4 a.m. on Saturday, as American forces continued their effort to wrest the western section of this city north of Baghdad from Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia

A month ago, that same story would have been written:

The platoon’s push began shortly after 4 a.m. on Saturday, as American forces continued their effort to wrest the western section of this city north of Baghdad from insurgents in Iraq

"Al Qaeda" vs. "Insurgents".  Just a word, a phrase.  But it makes all the difference at the metaphorical level, and all the difference as to what will happen in September.

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