Apple, long in the cultural vanguard, announced today they are leaving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the business interest group, over the Chamber's position on climate change. Apple joins PG&E;, Exelon, and PNM Resources as groups that have left the Chamber in recent weeks. Catherine A. Novelli, the vice-president of worldwide government affairs at Apple, wrote in a letter to Thomas J. Donohue, president and chief executive 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."
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.
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