Chamber of Commerce Climate Civil War Continues


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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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.