Last week was a very bad week for the Chamber of Commerce.
The country's largest utility company, Exelon Corp., announced it was quitting (that followed PNM Resources Inc. & Pacific Gas & Electric Co. previously).
Nike said it would resign its position on the board of directors.
GE announced that the Chamber didn't speak for them.
All cited the Chamber's extremist global warming stance, of which they all disagree, as the reason for their actions.
From TPM's Zachary Roth:
[...] In recent weeks, several high-profile members of the Chamber of Commerce have gone public over their disagreement with the group's position, with some leaving the Chamber altogether over the issue.[snip]
The Chamber's woes began when an official with the group recently called for a "Scopes Monkey Trial of the 21st century" to investigate whether man-made warming is occurring -- a fact which is no longer in doubt. In response, environmentalists began pressuring the Chamber's members to quit the group, or at least distance themselves from its position on the issue -- and they appear to be having some success.
In a letter to the Chamber, PG&E wrote:We find it dismaying that the Chamber neglects the indisputable fact that a decisive majority of experts have said the data on global warming are compelling and point to a threat that cannot be ignored. In our opinion, an intellectually honest argument over the best policy response to the challenges of climate change is one thing; disingenuous attempts to diminish or distort the reality of these challenges are quite another.read the full details...