Apple Ditches U.S. Chamber

Apple joins protest over climate policy

By Lisa Lerer
|  Monday, Oct 5, 2009  |  Updated 11:03 PM CDT
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Apple became the latest in a string of companies to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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Apple became the latest in a string of companies to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday over the business group’s conservative approach to climate policy.

“We strongly object to the Chamber’s recent comments opposition the EPA’s effort to limit greenhouse gases,” wrote Catherine A. Novelli, the vice-president of worldwide government affairs at Apple. “Apple supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and it is frustrating to find the Chamber at odds with us in this effort.”

The Chamber has faced a wave of defection over recent weeks, as a series of companies broke with the powerful business lobby. Last week, Nike resigned its position on the board of directors but maintained its membership in the organization. Other major energy concerns, including Exelon and Pacific Gas and Electric Co., have also left the Chamber, siding with Democrats on climate change legislation.

A large part of the campaign against Chamber membership stems from the group’s call to launch a “Scopes Monkey Trial of the 21st century” about the science of climate change, referring to a 1926 trial that challenged Tennessee law mandating the teaching of the divine creation and forbidding the teaching of evolution.

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