The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Climate Change

2009 October 7
by Kate O'Neill

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Jasmic

Looks like Apple is the latest company that has chosen to end its affiliation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the Chamber’s stance opposing legislation aimed at controlling greenhouse gas emissions and other factors in climate change. On the one hand, the Chamber’s position makes a certain kind of sense: as an organization whose primary mission is to serve its member businesses, working to prevent oppose legislation that would be difficult and/or costly for members to effect seems as if it would be the default position. And yet, according to a post at

That stance isn’t sitting well with some members of the chamber, one of the most powerful lobbying forces in Washington. In the last week of September, three major energy companies left the organization: PG&E (PCG), PNM Resources (PNMPRA) and Exelon (EXC). Two days later, Nike (NKE) resigned from its board. Other members, like Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and General Electric (GE), have complained about the chamber’s positions on the issue.

It’s an interesting day for ecology when large, influential companies are taking bold actions in support of it. Granted, a lot of the incentive for change still probably boils down to money, no matter which side you’re on, but it’s encouraging to see green issues winding up with some allies in their corner, whatever the reasons.

Updated to add: more on this story at Mother Jones.

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