This morning I posted on a hoax perpetrated by the Yes Men and the Avaaz Action Factory in which they posed as representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and announced that the business group had changed their position on climate legislation from not supporting it to giving it a full throated endorsment. The ruse hooked Reuters, the Washington Post and others, but it didn't fool the Chamber itself, which sent a representative to the fake press conference at the John Peter Zenger Room at the National Press Club to put a stop to things.The above video is just incredible. As the Washington Post later reported, the Chamber's Eric Wohlschlegel tried to stop the press conference but ended up just reinforcing the message that the Chamber will not support legislation to help fight climate change and convert our economy to a clean and green one.
The Chamber has been angering environmentalists and its own members, with many businesses recently leaving the country's largest business advocacy group. This morning in Washington, DC, a Chamber "spokesperson" said "We at the Chamber have tried to keep climate science from interfering with business. But without a stable climate, there will be no business. We need business more than we need relentlessly higher returns."
Apple famously left the Chamber a few weeks ago, saying "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."
Joining Apple have been PG&E;, Levi's, and Exelon.
More on the Chamber of Commerce:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Seeks 'Scopes Trial' For Climate Science
US Chamber Of Commerce Opposes Possible Carbon Tariff: Indicates "Green Trade War" May Result
Nation's Largest Utility Quits US Chamber of Commerce Over Climate Change Denial - Pushes Price on Carbon