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Apple Resigns from US Chamber over Climate

Pete Altman

Posted October 5, 2009 in Solving Global Warming

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Per Kate Galbraith at the NYTimes Green Inc. blog, Apple issued a letter today saying:

"We strongly object to the chamber's recent comments opposing the E.P.A.'s effort to limit greenhouse gases...Apple supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and it is frustrating to find the chamber at odds with us in this effort."

The letter continues:

"We would prefer that the Chamber take a more progressive stance on this critical issue and play a constructive role in address the climate crisis. However, because the Chamber's position differs so sharply with Apple's, we have decided to resign our membership effective immediately."

Read the full letter here.

Well, I guess Apple wasn't fooled by the US Chamber's attempt to staunch the bleeding by issuing a statement that turned out to be full of contradictions. 

All of this of course makes even more appropriate the question WhoDoestheChamberRepresent.org.

Running tab of criticisms by the Chamber's own members:

Quit US Chamber: Exelon, PNM Resources, PG&E, Apple.

Quit US Chamber Board: Nike.

Says Chamber doesn't represent their views on climate: Johnson&Johnson, General Electric, San Jose Chamber of Commerce.

 

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