A few Minnesota business leaders today joined a growing chorus of dissent against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s position on climate change.
The chamber’s aggressive opposition to climate-change legislation has caused it to lose some high-profile members in recent weeks, BusinessWeek reports, and it’s prompted questions about how broadly the chamber actually speaks for business.
On a teleconference this morning coordinated by Clean Water Action, three local chamber members stated that the organization does not represent their views on climate change and clean-energy policies.
The participants were Tom Gegax, founder and former chairman of Tires Plus; Doug Pierce, senior architect at Perkins and Will; and Dave Danielsen, a manager at Conservation Technologies.
Apple, Levi Strauss, and Pacific Gas & Electric and Exelon have recently ended their chamber memberships as a result of its climate-change stance, and other companies — including Nike, Microsoft and Toyota — have publicly disagreed with the chamber.