October 27, 2009

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Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue gave an interview to the Politico yesterday, the majority of which is your basic claptrap posturing after the White House put the Chamber of Commerce in its place and called it a lobbying group: the White House is wrong, membership is stronger than ever, yadda yadda yadda. Apparently, all those companies that have left the CoC, like Nike, PG&E, Exelon, PNM Resources, and Apple over their climate change stance are just penny-ante companies not worth worrying about.

But showing that they are firm in their resolve to not budge from their 20th century industrial age thinking here in the 21st century, I noted this little nugget from Donohue:

Under pressure from MoveOn.org and other groups, Apple, PG&E and Exelon have left the Chamber over the issue — and Nike resigned from its spot on the board. And pressure on others to follow suit is often intense.

Donohue refused to say if he believes the science behind global warming. “Is the science right? Is science not right? I don’t know,” he said.

Interesting. Especially considering his comments last week:

“We have not, are not and will not” challenge the science behind climate change, he added, noting that the Chamber has for years called for comprehensive climate legislation “that is workable.”

Uh huh. We go back to yesterday's Politico interview:

What he does know, though, is that he’ll fight anything that the Chamber believes would unfairly harm business, especially if the Environmental Protection Agency moves forward, while Congress haggles, with its authority to regulate the release of greenhouse gases.

“If we got the EPA one, then we are in deep sh-- as a country,” he said. “You want to see unemployment? You will see some.”

Good to see your priorities straight. Who cares about poisoning the planet (and us with it) if it means unemployment?

MoveOn's campaign encouraged Prius-owning members to send pictures of their cars to Toyota to express their displeasure with their continued membership in the CoC. If you're a Prius driver, you may want to consider adding your picture as well.

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