Apple pulls out of U.S. Chamber of Commerce over greenhouse-gas emissions

“Apple Inc. is pulling out of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of the chamber’s strident criticism of plans to reduce U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions, the computer giant said Monday,” David A. Fahrenthold reports for The Washington Post.

“In a letter to the chamber of commerce’s president, Apple vice president Catherine Novelli wrote that ‘Apple supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and it is frustrating to find the Chamber at odds with us in this effort.’ As a result, Novelli said, ‘we have decided to resign our membership effective immediately,'” Fahrenthold reports.

“Last week, the group’s president, Thomas J. Donohue, said in a statement that his group supports ‘strong federal legislation’ to protect the climate. But he said legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives — which would use a ‘cap and trade’ system to lower the cost of reducing emissions — was flawed because it does not require other polluting countries to act, and does too little to spur U.S. investment in green technologies,” Fahrenthold reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Green is the new black. In other words, being perceived as “green” is good for Apple’s business; so good, evidently, that they don’t mind looking like they back a sham.

Note: We support the wise regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.


  1. I’m going to plant a tree in Apple’s honor. …then sell it in the Chamber of Commerce’s honor. Then I’ll declare bankruptcy and vacation in Cancun in honor of AIG.

  2. So I guess any legislation that the US Congress passes that only has affect inside the US is a “sham”?

    I’ve got news for the US Chamber of Commerce (and MDN), legislation that is passed by the US Congress and signed into law by the President is ONLY EFFECTIVE INSIDE THE US!!

    The US Congress cannot pass law that compels any other country to act. In order to get other countries to act, one needs a TREATY.

    You know, like the one signed in Kyoto, Japan? The one Bush refused to sign?


  3. Yeah, MDN, the Wall Street Journal sure is a reliable scientific publication, yup-yup. Just like MDN always presents all Microsoft news without a trace of bias.

  4. As Kermit might say:

    “It’s not that easy being green
    Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
    When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold
    Or something much more colorful like that…”

    I guess Apple is both “green” and “more colorful.”

  5. Too bad you consider the WSJ opinion pages anything other than a sham themselves. They’re well-known lunatics, completely separate from generally good reporting done by more professional reporters in the rest of the paper.

  6. Cap and Trade is a bullshit compromise that will do little to stem the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by companies worldwide.

    The problem isn’t just the US’s, but we have to admit we are by a large margin, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases on the planet [China will overtake the US before long tho’].

    There is no denying its effect and all the naysayers can say global climate change is a myth, but would they be prepared to bet the lives of their grandchildren on that? No I though not.

  7. Apple is doing the right thing here and they should be applauded for it. While current legislation is very weak, as the US Chamber of Commerce points out, but they have been fighting stronger policies tooth and nail. There’s a word for that, I’m sure….

  8. It’s easy to back lower USA emissions when you manufacture most of your goods in China and ship them around the world.

    They might have a leg to stand on if they didn’t use coal fired electricity in China and they shipped their goods to market by sailboat.

    As it is, Apple spews large amounts of Carbon Dioxide just like the rest of us.

    Thank goodness all these false predictions of doom from excess CO2 are just bullshit or we might be in a lot of trouble.

    Spending billions to pump CO2 in the ground will piss off our great, great grandkids when they have to pay for it, but fuckem, we’ll be long gone before they get their first jobs.

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