MoveOn Targets Toyota’s Chamber Membership

Photo courtesy of MoveOn.


The liberal activist group MoveOn is pressuring Toyota—maker of the eco-status-symbol Prius— to leave the embattled US Chamber of Commerce.

With the Chamber under fire for its opposition to climate change legislation, advocates for action are pushing for more environmentally conscious businesses to quit the group, or at least publicly distance themselves from the Chamber’s rhetoric. (Another business, Mohawk Fine Paper, left the group yesterday.)

MoveOn is asking members who own Priuses (Prii?) to send in photos asking Toyota to resign its membership. So far, they’ve gathered more than 770 images, which they plan to deliver to the company’s New York headquarters and dealerships around the country.

“There are a lot of people out there who really did buy a Toyota saying, ‘I feel better doing business with this company because of their green image,'” Steven Biel, MoveOn’s clean energy campaign director, told Mother Jones. “Our members who own Priuses or other fuel efficient Toyotoa automobiles find this really outrageous, it just doesn’t make sense to them.”

More photos of pissed-off drivers can be found here.

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