Companies, to Their Lobbyist: Wait, We Care About Climate

Chamber of Commerce faces enviro dissent
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted May 5, 2009 9:42 AM CDT
Johnson & Johnson consumer products, Band-Aids, Listerine, Tylenol, Johnson's Baby Powder, Neutrogena Acne Wash, Rolaids and Visine, are shown in Newark, N.J., Tuesday, April, 14, 2009.   (AP Photo/Mike Derer)
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(Newser) – Cracks are appearing in big business’s monolithic opposition to federal moves to prevent climate change. Politico reports that major members of the Chamber of Commerce, including Nike and Johnson & Johnson, are complaining about the Chamber's resistance to measures like the cap-and-trade bill in Congress. A Nike spokeswoman says her company has been “vocal about wanting them to take a more progressive stance on the issue of climate change.”

Dealing with hundreds of issues, some disagreement is expected, says a Chamber official. “But on 95% of the issues, we have 95% of the support.” An environmental group director replies that, according to his analysis, more Chamber members officially support climate regulation than oppose it. “The US Chamber is representing the views of a small minority of its board members.”