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Greenpeace, US Secretary of Energy back Apple

updated 09:20 am EDT, Fri October 9, 2009

Groups take sides in row over environmental laws

Both Greenpeace and the US Secretary of Energy are welcoming an Apple decision to abandon the US Chamber of Commerce. The former's toxics campaigner, Casey Harrell, on Thursday issued a statement which applauded Apple for confronting the Chamber over its opposition to mandatory limits on greenhouse gases. Apple is the first technology company to have removed itself from the Chamber over the issue, though it was preceded by shoe maker Nike, and several energy companies including Exelon, PNM Resources and Pacific Gas & Electric.

Greenpeace is asking IT firms who sit on the Chamber's Executive Board -- including IBM and Microsoft -- to either renounce group's official position on greenhouse gases and call for a change in directorship, or else follow Apple's example and leave in protest.

The Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, came out in support of Apple and other Chamber defectors at a Thursday event dedicated to solar energy, according to Reuters. "I think it's wonderful," said Chu, also chastising the Chamber, urging the group to "realize the economic opportunity that the United States can lead in a new industrial revolution." The Chamber has defended its position through claims that proposed legislation would hurt US business, result in job losses, and merely shift emissions problems to other parts of the Earth.

by MacNN Staff



  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    There you go

    Now that Greenpeace sided with Apple I know the US Chamber of Commerce has the better perspective.


  1. Hillbilly Geek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh, for heaven's sake

    While environmental responsibility is a Biblical mandate, and praiseworthy in itself, this grandstanding for the liberal anti-human fringe is just embarrassing. As the Dixie Chicks were told, "shut up and sing!"

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    knuckle-dragging neanderthals

    you two sound exactly like the kind of jackasses who would buy a Hummer solely for the purpose of pissing off Al Gore.

  1. Treuf

    Joined: Dec 1969


    moved to another part of the world ...

    A great way to show others an example to follow.
    Developping countries will have increasing demand, they will anyway release MORE gaz - it's time for 'developed' countries to show down on emission - if not to balance global emission at least to show a better development model example.
    Moreover such limitation will drive innovation - regarding this problem being the first to be driving innovation will give a great advantage for the future (see how US car companies are going compared to european ones - which produce more environment friendly cars ... they sell well here !)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: neanderthals

    You mean there's any other reason to buy a Hummer?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: moved

    Developping countries will have increasing demand, they will anyway release MORE gaz -

    Except the US is responsible for far more emissions per capita than any other country out there.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    is investing far more in green energy than the US.

    If you would like to see China steal this emerging technology market from us - which will become more and more important as petroleum becomes more and more expensive to find, produce and sell - then by all means continue buying the disinformation from the GOP, the coal and petroleum lobbies, and various other ignorant, uninformed sources.

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