Another Bad PR Week for the Chamber of Commerce Over Climate Policy
The much beleaguered U.S. Chamber of Commerce is having another bad PR week after Mother Jones revealed yesterday that they have inflated their membership numbers and that the holding company owned by multi-billionaire Ronald Perelman is thinking of leaving the Chamber because of their policy on climate change action. Two weeks ago, Apple left the Chamber saying they were out of touch on the need to do something about global warming.NRDC has a great rundown of businesses that have taken action against the Chamber:
Quit US Chamber over climate: Apple, Exelon, PNM Resources, PG&E;, PSEG, Levi Strauss & Co.
Quit US Chamber Board over climate: Nike.
Companies that say the US Chamber doesn't represent their views on climate: Johnson&Johnson;, General Electric, Alcoa, Duke, Entergy, Microsoft, Toyota(?).
Media outlets observing that the US Chamber is damaging its reputation and credibility: BusinessWeek, PRWeek, Fortune Magazine's Marc Gunther, Newsweek, LA Times.
Local Chambers distancing themselves from the US Chamber: San Jose Chamber of Commerce, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
The nation's largest business group is asking the EPA to hold public hearings on the science of climate change. The Chamber filed a 21-page petition with EPA, asking it to approve hearings so the nation can have a "credible weighing" of the scientific documentation that global warming endangers human health.
Bill Kovacs, the chamber's vice president for environment, said that the hearings would be a modern day "Scopes Monkey Trial," the 1925 trial that put evolution on trial.
Apple said of the Chamber: "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."