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Apple quits the chamber of commerce

“We strongly object to the chamber’s recent comments opposing the E.P.A.’s effort to limit greenhouse gases,” wrote the VP of worldwide government affairs, Catherine A. Novelli.

The New York Times reports:

Over the past several weeks, three large utilities — Pacific Gas & Electric, PNM Resources and Exelon — have resigned from the chamber over climate policy differences. Last week, also citing climate, Nike withdrew from the chamber board, though it retained its membership.

It is encouraging to me, that people are taking the threat of climate change seriously – despite the fact that likely very few have a good grasp of the consequences of doing nothing and continuing on this path.

Here’s the view from ThinkProgress.org:

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/10/05/apple-quits-chamber/

And Huffington:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/05/apple-quits-chamber-of-co_n_310301.html

Drudge Report and WND don’t seem to have an opinion about this.
Perhaps their browsers filter out climate related content.

US Chamber of Commerce loses Exelon

Exelon is the largest electric utility in the United States, and they have apparently chosen not to renew their membership in the chamber due to the chamber’s opposition to global warming opposition.

Exelon’s CEO John Rowe said this in 2008:

Exelon has staked out an industry-leading position on the issue of climate change and, in the spirit of Daniel Burnham, we have launched our own “not so little plan” to eliminate the equivalent of our entire carbon footprint by the year 2020. I do not know if it will stir men’s souls, but I hope it will stir policymakers and others in our industry to action.

At the Exelon website, you can see this message:

We have achieved one-third of this goal by eliminating nearly 6 million metric tons of emissions, which is equivalent to taking 1 million cars off the highway

Bravo John Rowe and Exelon.
Thumbs down to the Chamber for their continued resistance to important legislation efforts.

The US chamber of commerce has this article on their home page, seemingly in favor of climate change legislation:
http://www.chamberpost.com/2009/09/climate-action—the-state-of-play.html