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US Chamber of Commerce chastises Apple over resignation

updated 07:25 pm EDT, Tue October 6, 2009

Chamber says bill could cause US job losses

The US Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday took a jab at Apple over the company's recent protest resignation from the business group. In a letter to the company's chief executive, the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said that Apple's resignation over the Chamber's lack of support for environmental legislation was premature and misguided.

"It is unfortunate that your company [Apple] 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 obtained by The Wall Street Journal. Donohue said that the Chamber is committed to the environment but also to preserving the competitiveness of American business.

The proposed Waxman-Markey bill (also known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009) aims to reduce US companies' effects on climate change, but the Chamber of Commerce claims it would have detrimental consequences for US businesses, including job losses. The group also claims that the effect of the legislation would be to simply shift the greenhouse gas emissions problem to other parts of the world.

"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," Donohue wrote. "It's a shame that Apple will not be part of our efforts."

The letter comes on the heels of several high profile defections from the the largest trade association in the US. According to the report, companies such as Nike, PG&E, and Exelon Corp.have parted ways with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its opposition to climate legislation in the U.S. Congress. Apple resignation came earlier this week through a letter claiming

Donahue said that the business group was focused on innovation and technology to combat climate change.

Apple has taken a very open and progressive stance with its environmental efforts by disclosing 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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple clearly decided between breakfast and the morning coffee break to ditch the Chamber of Commerce. They should have at least studied the Chamber's position until lunch to fully understand that the chamber wants to delay any action on climate change until it has no impact on American businesses.

  1. wwalkersd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The chamber is spinning

    That's a very different position from the chamber to what we've been hearing from them in the recent past (basically "climate change is not man-made"). I'm thinking all the recent resignations have got them changing their tune.

  1. ruel24

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bad move...

    You should never mix politics and business, unless your business is politics. Apple has no business making moves such as this based on politics. Global Warming is a political hotbed, and they, as a company, should avoid getting into that mix. The leaders, themselves, can take any political view they wish, but the company should never be dragged through it. They risk those that do not share the same viewpoint abandoning their products. It's a shame they had to take their toys and go home like this...

  1. Chris Hutcheson

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They can all wear french maids outfits and dance on their heads for all I care, as long as their computers work. More power to them for taking a stand.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Even some of us businessmen don't buy the chamber's view. They've been toting the "it's no big deal line" for too long... and now they hit us with loss of jobs or deferring to China, etc. These studies ARE OFTEN completely 180 degrees wrong. Yes, things will cost more, just like they would if we weren't spending every nickel in China. How does sending money to China and India help America with jobs? It doesn't, it only helps businesses who lowball their employees. Technology "is not a plan." Put out a plan before criticizing Apple.

  1. lowededwookie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Job losses???

    I'm sorry but there's been more job losses do to big businesses s******* their employees through cost cutting by sending their work overseas that this claim is ludicrous in nature.

    By outsourcing big business IS moving the problem overseas so I fail to see how the Commerce Commission's claims hold any merit.

  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Chamber

    Thank God that the real America is not the Chamber... This is just an opinion from some one that is not American and does not live in America. Let me say if the n*** Party existed, could not do a better Job then the CHAMBER is trying to do brainwashing his people. The Chamber should worry more about CHINA and other countries that does not respect market rules or human rights and then let them take all the benefits of globalization without costs. The Chamber should be more intelligent and realize if America does not turn it self more "Green" now, is their business that will have to pay a bigger bill somewhere in the future.

  1. caribousteaks

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Good for you Chamber! Apple is WRONG for mixing in with the global warming eco freaks. Apple clearly is bending to Al Gore and his jet setting cronnies. Stick to making computers Stevie and keep your nose out of politics! We love your computers but its a great way to lose customers by taking a partisan stand on a highly politically charged issue. GO CHAMBER!

  1. Meovv

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Go Apple

    Of course Apple studied their plans. The future for the industry is to produce greener products and more American jobs will be lost the longer organizations such as the CoC fails to understand. Their response to Apple confirms that they are an arcane fossil that thinks that US jobs are threatened by keeping up with and staying ahead of the competition. If the US auto industry had been encouraged to think in these terms ten years earlier we might actually have had people preferring cars made at home rather than abroad. CoC has become an obstacle, not part of the solution.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Doesn't make sense

    So Apple's idea of how to convince the CoC that they aren't barking up the right tree is to leave the CoC?

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