has announced that it is no longer a member of the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce because Apple disagrees with the company's climate change
policy. Apple VP of government affairs Catherine Novelli wrote a
letter to the chamber saying in part, "We would prefer that the
chamber take a more progressive stance on this critical issue and
play a constructive role in addressing the climate crisis. Novelli
also wrote that Apple was withdrawing from the group "effective
Apple isn’t the only company that has
withdrawn from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the last few months;
three major utility companies withdrew as well including Exelon Corp,
PG&E Corp, and PNM Resources Inc. All three of the utility firms
withdrew citing the same issues with the Chamber of Commerce's stance
on climate change.
Reuters reports that other companies
that are members of the Chamber have criticized the business
organization for pushing for public hearings to challenge the
scientific evidence of manmade climate change. The U.S. Chamber of
Commerce has stated that it prefers a "mainstream, common sense
view" of climate change and does not support the climate bill
passed by the House in June.
The Washington Post quotes
Novelli from the letter writing, "Apple supports regulating
greenhouse gas emissions, and it is frustrating to find the Chamber
at odds with us in this effort."
Thomas J. Donohue,
president of the Chamber of Commerce said n a recent statement that
the group "supports strong federal legislation" to protect
the climate. However, the group feels that the cap and trade system
to lower the cost of reducing emissions passed by the House of
Representatives was flawed.
The Washington Post quotes
a Chamber spokesman, Eric Wohlschlegel for an email statement
writing, "While we'll continue to represent the broad majority
of our membership on this goal, we recognize that there are some
companies who stand to gain more than others with the current options
on the table."
quote: criticized the business organization for pushing for public hearings to challenge the scientific evidence of manmade climate change
quote: Apple supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions
quote: Both sides had an agenda, both sides picked and choose what they wanted from the science, neither cared about facts.
quote: *rule 1: Shoot 98% of all lawyers.
quote: *rule 2: The remaining 2% are told to speak only when spoken to, or they are killed.
quote: Well, this will ruin your day. Many of our beloved members of Congress have a lawyer background. Lawyers are, in effect, running this country. And look how good they are doing.
quote: The point is this: money and power corrupt. Lawyers were able to get both and look how it corrupted them.
quote: This is the Yamal tree ring study