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EPA dispute drives Apple to resign from Chamber of Commerce

updated 06:50 pm EDT, Mon October 5, 2009

Chamber shunned for opposing greenhouse gas limits

Apple has sent a letter of resignation (PDF) to the US Chamber of Commerce over a disagreement involving proposed environmental legislation, the New York Times reports. Chamber president and chief executive Thomas J. Donohue recently voiced opposition to expanded EPA policies aimed at greenhouse gas emissions.

"We strongly object to the Chamber's recent comments opposing the EPA's effort to limit greenhouse gasses," wrote Catherine Novelli, Apple's VP of Worldwide Government Affairs, in an open letter to Donohue. "We would prefer that the Chamber take a more progressive stance on this critical issue and play a constructive role in addressing the climate crisis."

To highlight its environmental efforts, Apple recently disclosed life cycle analysis data for its range of products. The company provides reports with information regarding greenhouse gas emissions, exclusion of hazardous materials, energy efficiency, material efficiency and packaging. The recent focus on environmental issues has even earned praise from the activist group Greenpeace.

"As a company, we are working hard to reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions by relying on renewable energy at our facilities and designing more energy-efficient products for our customers," says Novelli. "We have undertaken this unilaterally and without government mandate, because we believe it is the right thing to do."

Donohue claims the Chamber is opposed to the Waxman-Markey bill because it is "neither comprehensive nor international," while lacking provisions for pushing renewable and alternative technology into the marketplace. "It would also impose carbon tariffs on goods imported into the United States, a move that would almost certainly spur retaliation from global trading partners."

The Chamber is being shunned by several different companies. Utilities providers Pacific Gas & Electric, PNM Resources and Exelon have also quit the organization, along with Nike. All of the companies cited the environmental policy disagreement as the reason for departure.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh, Snap!

    "Who's the tough guy now, Vinny?" - Dr. Zoidberg

    Comment buried. Show
  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OMG... the only people that still believe in AGW

    Are brainwashed zombies from the left. The world is cooling, rapidly. Oh now, wait, I forgot, now it's called Climate Change, so now cooling is evidence of warming. Great, a theory that can not be falsified is not science.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OMG... the only people

    that DON'T believe are easily swayed mindless lemmings who believe what their handlers on the right tell them to believe.

    you might want to expand your reading material to include, uh, you know, real scientists and the like...

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I suppose that in the Land of the Blind, the one (right) eyed Man is king! I read the pdf that obviously, you didn't, otherwise you might have realised that you were poking yourself in your one good eye! I never thought that reading required binocularity to ensure understanding but I guess I was wrong on that one... and I have two eyes!

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  1. caribousteaks

    Joined: Dec 1969


    computers not politics!

    Thats a shame that Apple, due to probably Al Gore sitting on the board, would make such a politically charged move. I would rather they stick to making computers rather than political statements as this really is! I much prefer the non- partisan approach to business. Keep global warming politics out of the equation folks, I'm not interested in supporting a "green" Apple or a "black" Apple. I just want to support a great computer company, that keeps its nose out of politics and as far away from Capitol Hill as possible. Stick to making computers Steve not partisan politically charged statements! And get that damn gas guzzling Gore outta there!

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    so basically there carib... you'd just saying you'd rather NOT KNOW what a company does politically because your statements are just naive. business plays a huge part in politics.
    i prefer to know who i'm dealing with. there are good and not so good corporate citizens.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Chamber of greed.

    Standard oil has had a frightening stranglehold on the CoC for a while.

    That sounds kinda dirty. Oh well.

    - A

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