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Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Kyoto, Pfizer, BPA, RGGI

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend plans to place Bisphenol A (BPA) on a list of substances that may harm the environment, the Detroit Free Press reports. The EPA said last year that it would study the effects of BPA and consider putting … Read more »

US Chamber, Industry Wants Senate to Delay EPA’s Carbon Rules

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with nearly two dozen business groups, are asking senators to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation of power plants, and other stationary energy sources, set to go into effect on January 2011, reports Bloomberg. In addition to the U.S. Chamber, the American … Read more »

U.S. Chamber Asks EPA to Reconsider Endangerment Finding

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has filed a petition asking the EPA to reconsider the legal underpinning of its Endangerment Finding, which would open the door to emissions regulations. At the same time, the EPA continues studying its own plan for a cap-and-trade plan. The Chamber of Commerce on March … Read more »

U.S. Chamber to Sue Pants Off Pranksters Yes Men

After getting embarrassed by false communications that suggested a policy shift on climate change, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is fighting back by suing the individuals responsible for the prank. A press release purporting to be from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 19 said that the chamber was … Read more »

Google, Microsoft, IBM Could Profit by Pressuring U.S. Chamber, Greenpeace Says

Google, Microsoft, IBM Could Profit by Pressuring U.S. Chamber, Greenpeace Says

IT stalwarts like Google, Microsoft and IBM would profit by stepping up the pressure on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to modify its climate change stance, according to the Greenpeace Cool IT leaderboard. Because the IT industry and its products would be central to greenhouse gas reduction efforts, Greenpeace says … Read more »

Mohawk Fine Paper Joins U.S. Chamber Exodus

Citing its disapproval with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s position on climate change, another company has left the fold. Mohawk Fine Paper believes that to belong to an organization that fights action on climate change hurts its credibility as an advocate for environmental protection, said George Milner, Mohawk’s Vice President … Read more »

News of Chamber’s Climate Change Shift a Hoax

A press release purporting to be from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 19 said that the chamber was “throwing its weight behind strong climate legislation.” Numerous mainstream news outlets ran stories about the release, but later had to retract or correct the stories after the chamber confirmed that … Read more »

Investors Pressure GM, Boeing, Deere, Xerox to Quit U.S. Chamber

Trying to ramp up pressure on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its position on climate change, an investors group has fired off letters to 14 major U.S. corporations, asking them to publicly distance themselves from the chamber’s positions. Representing $16 billion in assets, the investors group is led by … Read more »

Energy Secretary Chu: Apple Leaving Chamber ‘Wonderful’

Stepping into controversial territory, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that Apple’s decision to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was “wonderful.” Speaking to reporters at a solar energy event, Chu went on to comment on the chamber’s “foot dragging” and “denials” over climate change, reports the San Jose Business … Read more »

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Between a Rock and a Hard Place?

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Between a Rock and a Hard Place?

With high-profile members – including PG&E, PMN, Exelon, and now Apple – leaving its organization, and Nike threatening the same, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce must feel that it is between a rock and a hard place on the climate change issue. On the one hand, many of its members … Read more »

Apple Drops Bombshell, Immediately Withdraws from U.S. Chamber

Becoming the first major consumer brand to make a big statement against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s position on climate change, Apple has decided to leave the organization. In contrast to PG&E, PMN and Exelon, the utilities that in recent weeks announced their intention not to renew their chamber memberships, … Read more »

In Climate Row, Nike Gives Up Chamber Board Seat

While not yet willing to give up its membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Nike nonetheless sent a strong message by relinquishing its position on the board of directors, in protest over the chamber’s controversial position on climate change. In a statement published at the Natural Resource Defense Council’s … Read more »