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iQuit: Apple Leaves Chamber of Commerce

October 06, 2009

Apple announced that it is leaving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its stance on climate change. The Chamber has been a source of climate change denial and has seen great backlash recently from members who consider its views to be ‘extreme.’ Apple is the fourth member of the Chamber to leave in recent months. Others include energy companies PG&E, PNM of New Mexico, and Chicago-based Exelon – not your typical tree hugging companies. The exit comes a month after Apple initially disclosed its corporate carbon footprint. The Chamber will likely see more members quit in the near future if their regressive views on climate change continue. Most studies, including ones performed by the Congressional Budget Office, indicate that the climate bill will help the economy over the long run. Moreover, an obstinate view that climate change isn’t occurring and/or isn’t man-made simply will not fly with most 21st century businesses. Businesses today deal with modern realities, which include relating to consumers that are acutely aware of the dangers of climate change and the potential adaptation of their business model to the risks of a warming world. Did you know that over 1,200 businesses have taken responsibility for their carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org? You can too! Click here for more info.

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