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US Chamber of Commerce takes a beating from corporate giants over climate action

Posted by bonnie at Sep 25, 2009 01:40 PM |
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The US Chamber of Commerce took a beating this week for its rearward stance on stopping climate change.

The US Chamber of Commerce took a beating this week for its rearward stance on stopping climate change. First, Pacific Gas and Electric publicly canceled its membership, and New-Mexico-based utility holding company PNM Resources followed it out the door because, as spokesman Don Brown wrote, "We see climate change as the most pressing environmental and economic issue of our time." Then Nike issued a scathing public letter on the matter, and Johnson & Johnson made clear its serious concern with the Chamber’s extremism.

More and more, corporate America is demanding that Congress act to stop climate change – to secure a stable climate, global resource and military security, predictability of commercial regulations, and incentives for building the American clean economy for global competitiveness. In a word, big business is demanding that the US Chamber get with the times or get left behind in the 20th Century’s economy.

A round-up of the week’s press coverage on the backlash for the US Chamber of Commerce’s stance:

Reuters
Washington Post
Dow Jones
The Hill
San Francisco Chronicle
Politico
Denver Post

New York Times Green, Inc
ThinkProgress.org
NRDC Switchboard
Sightline Daily Score 

 

And to be fair, here's the Chamber's take on the matter.

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