Chamber of Commerce Climate Civil War Continues

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The Chamber of Commerce civil war continues: the latest news is discontent from another significant player, General Electric.

GE spokesman Peter O’Toole told Politico that the company remains a member—though one clearly unhappy about the group’s climate position.

“We’re a member of the Chamber because a lot of our customers are there, a lot of our competitors, so we get a good perspective on issues of national import,” he said. “The Chamber does not speak for us on climate legislation, but we are still a member.”

GE is the latest in a growing list of companies unhappy with the Chamber’s position on climate. Yesterday, Nike announced that they are resigning from the board of directors, though they plan to maintain membership. The country’s largest electric utility, Exelon, announced on Monday that they are leaving the group, joining California utility PG&E and New Mexico utility PNM in secession.

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