Chamber’s green thumb more like the finger

Pete Levi, the extravagantly compensated president of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, revised history with a guest commentary in this morning’s Kansas City Star.

Levi used the occasion to pat himself and his friends on the back for confronting climate change in a meaningful way. Levi wrote that chamber leadership had been “visionary when it comes to sustainability and carbon reduction strategies.” As an example, he cited the Climate Protection Partnership, which helps businesses reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Levi wagged a finger at anyone who would suggest the city’s business elite had been “obstructionist.” But obstruction is good word to describe the chamber’s actions at key moments in the city’s failed pursuit of climate-helping light rail.

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