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Minnesota business leaders add to U.S. Chamber of Commerce criticism

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.

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