In an amazing turn of events, the US Chamber of Commerce has changed its position and now supports action on global warming. Well, this would be true if the folks at Avaaz Action Factory had their way. The group put on a fake press conference today posing as the Chamber to draw attention to the business association's backward looking position on climate action. The ruse worked for Reuters, which covered the "press conference" as if it was real.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."
He went on:
The Kerry-Boxer Bill is a good start to a strong climate bill, and the Chamber will work with Senators Kerry and Boxer to strengthen it.
And it does need strengthening. Cap-and-trade depends complex market mechanisms and big government oversight, and where it's been implemented, it's had very mixed results at best.
The Chamber seeks a solid business solution - one that requires much less intervention, and has a proven track record. What we need is a carbon tax. Only thus will we be able to compete against Physics and create an environment where the best company wins and the best solution dominates. A carbon tax will mean new blood for Free Enterprise, and a fertile new foundation for long-term business prosperity.
The Chamber also calls on President Obama and the U.S. Congress to cease subsidizing old and failed technologies like the so-called "clean coal" hoax, and to incentivize tried and true clean technologies in their stead.
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.