Apple Quits U.S. Chamber Over Environmental Policies

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Apple Inc. resigned from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday in reaction to the group's stance on environmental policies. The move came in response to the Chamber's refusal to support U.S. greenhouse gas emission reduction proposals, according to the Washington Post.

The Chamber of Commerce, representing over three million businesses, holds that current "cap and trade" legislation passed by the House of Representatives will be ineffective because it won't promote investments in environmentally friendly technology.

""Apple is committed to protecting the environment and the communities in which we operate around the world," said Catherine Novelli, Apple Vice President of Worldwide Government Affairs, in a letter to Chamber President Thomas Donohue. "We strongly object to the Chamber's recent comments opposing the EPA's effort to limit greenhouse gasses."

Chamber spokesperson, Eric Wohlschlegel, commented "While we'll continue to represent the broad majority of our membership on this goal, we recognize that there are some companies who stand to gain more than others with the current options on the table."

Apple joined Exelon, Pacific Gas and Electric, and PNM Resources as the fourth company to resign from the organization over environmental differences in the past few weeks.

"As a company, we are working hard to reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions by relying on renewable energy at our facilities and designing more energy-efficient products for our customers," Ms. Novelli said. "For those companies who cannot or will not do the same, Apple supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and it is frustrating to find the Chamber at odds with us in this effort."

Comments

Jeff Gamet

If Apple really pulled out of the Chamber because of the company’s convictions to its environmental policies, good for Apple. If they pulled out to push an economic agenda or as a publicity move, shame on them. I’m hoping it’s the former.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Child, please. Apple is simply in a position to punish competitors under this legislation. Novelli’s statement says exactly that. Big companies do this all the time. But you just know that if the federal government started requiring all laptops ship with 2-button mice for “safety reasons”, Apple would get laissez-faire toot sweet.

mRE

This is INSANE. Global Warming has been falsified. When are people going to look at the science for themselves instead of listening to the media.

http://friendsofscience.org/assets/documents/Falling_Ocean_Heat.pdf

farmboy

Sure, MRE. Scientists all over the world, who by independent empirical studies have repeatedly shown global warming to be a fact, are just dupes, being manipulated by the Freemasons. Or the Trilateral Commissions. Or maybe it’s the Commies.

mRE

Sure, MRE. Scientists all over the world, who by independent empirical studies have repeatedly shown global warming to be a fact, are just dupes, being manipulated by the Freemasons. Or the Trilateral Commissions. Or maybe it?s the Commies.

Haha!! Yeah, as I said, when you stop listening to the media, you’ll discover that everything you just said is pure invented wishful thinking, not science.

Try reading the PDF I linked to. The data within absolutely proves the world is cooling. And the people that created this data?? Oh, which oil companies do they work for?? Yeah, actually both research teams who’s data is used were setting out to prove AGW. Instead they found the opposite - there IS NO WARMING.

Turn off your TV.

geoduck

mRE
Global warming is a fact. Publications like the PDF you linked to, which I did read through BTW, are factually vacuous. There is a process in science. It’s called Peer Review. The fact that this paper has not been accepted for review/publication in Science or Nature et. al. is not evidence of a conspiracy. It is evidence if it being garbage.

The planet is warming. I don’t get this from TV. I get it by reading Science, Nature, hitting sites like ScienceDaily.com, and other reputable sources. As far as the last couple of years being slightly cooler; that’s irrelevant. The road from Houston to Denver goes downhill in places. That doesn’t mean that Denver is lower than Houston. Over the long haul (measured in decades to centuries) the Earth is getting warmer and people are doing it.

John Martellaro

Friends of Science has a stated agenda. They also receive some funding from Oil Companies.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friends_of_Science
So while they may point to valid scientific literature—and there is certainly a lot of disagreement—they can’t be characterized as representing mainstream scientific consensus from the world’s universities, and U.S.‘s NOAA, NASA, DOE, and other orgs which don’t receive funding from philosophical allies.

Don’t take this to mean that they don’t point to valid research. But hanging your hat on this organization instead of watching the news is going from the frying pan to the fire.

Bryan Chaffin

mRE, I suspect you’re a shill. The issue of climate change is long decided, save for those under the pay of the various fossil fuel industries.

Vern Seward

Gentle please, mRE is right. You are being duped by the media and by scientists who live in the pockets of those who stand to gain from the mass hysteria and chaos created by fostering the belief that we all gonna die.

In fact, we feel so confident that this message of doom has been so thoroughly ingrained into the psyche of the developed world that we no longer care if you know of our existence.

Let me first state that we truly mean you no harm. We are here because our home world was destroyed by a rogue comet.

The warming of your planet, which we do with the express permission of your governmental leaders, is a temporary side effect of a process that take hundreds of years. In the end, your world will be much cooler, which is how we like it.

Unfortunately, this will mean that your food production cycles will be reduced somewhat and, at the rate you are going, you world will not support your masses when the process is complete and your world is stable and cool.

So, we’ve instituted a policy of controlled chaos where we hope that many of you will perish in squabbles over resources. Those of you who remain will benefit from a world where there are fewer people and pleasant climates everywhere.

In other words, paradise.

Pretty cool, huh? (pardon the pun)

BTW,we are here To Serve Man. We’ve even written a book about it.

Vern Seward

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