Thulsa Doom Obama--in true Chicago-thug fashion--is sidestepping Congress and using the EPA to institute global warming governance, which will harm the economy even more than it's already harmed. Just as Obama has issued many 'exemptions' for Obamacare to select unions and other supportive entities, he's going to do the same with the EPA rules that will harm other businesses. It's strong-arm politics designed to get the one with the strong arm what he wants. In this case, the Chicago thug is obvious.
Maybe GE CEO Jeff Immelt's closeness to President Obama, and his broad support for Obama's agenda, had nothing to do with this exemption. But we have no way of knowing that, and given the administration's record of regularly misleading Americans regarding lobbyists, frankly, I wouldn't trust the White House if they told me there was no connection.