Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Apple latest to quit US Chamber of Commerce in climate row

James Murray, BusinessGreen, Tuesday 6 October 2009 at 13:09:00

IT giant "frustrated" by trade group's opposition to climate legislation

The row over the US Chamber of Commerce's opposition to proposed carbon legislation shows no signs of abating, after Apple yesterday became the first consumer brand to quit the trade group over its climate-sceptic stance.

In a letter to the Chamber's president, Thomas J Donohue, Apple vice president Catherine Novelli offered a damning assessment of the Chamber's efforts to block proposed US climate legislation.

"Apple supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and it is frustrating to find the Chamber at odds with us in this effort," she wrote, adding that as a result, the company had "decided to resign our membership effective immediately ".

Apple joins US energy firms Pacific Gas and Electric, PNM Resources, and Exelon, all of which have announced that they will not be renewing their membership of the group as a result of its stance on climate legislation.

In addition, Nike announced last week that it was quitting its post on the board of the Chamber in protest at its position, but would remain a member so that it could continue to lobby for a change in policy at the group. …

Apple latest to quit US Chamber of Commerce in climate row

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