Yesterday, Apple made news when it announced it would be leaving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of the Chamber's positions on climate change. Now the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has hit back at Apple Inc. and Chief Executive Steve Jobs. On Monday, 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."U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Tom Donohue wrote in a letter to Jobs:
"It is unfortunate that your company didn't take the time to understand the Chamber's position on climate and forfeited the opportunity to advance a 21st century approach to climate change," U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Tom Donohue wrote in a letter to the Apple chief executive. He said that the business group is committed to the environment but also to preserving the competitiveness of American business.
"While we do support legislation to address climate change, we oppose legislation such as the Waxman-Markey bill that numerous studies show will cause Americans to lose their jobs and shift greenhouse gas emissions overseas, negating potential climate benefits."
Apple joined Nike and utilities PG&E; Corp. and Exelon Corp. as big names that have waved goodbye to the Chamber, the country's biggest trade group.
It's hard to believe that the Chamber is serious about their commitment to climate action after they 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.