WASHINGTON Oct 5 Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Monday
became the latest company to quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
because the technology company disagrees with the business
group's climate change policy.
"We would prefer that the chamber take a more progressive
stance on this critical issue and play a constructive role in
addressing the climate crisis," Catherine Novelli, a vice
president of government affairs at Apple, wrote in a letter
dated Monday to the business group.
Novelli wrote that Apple resigned its membership in the
business group "effective immediately."
Last month three big power utilities, Exelon Corp (EXC.N),
PG&E Corp (PCG.N) and PNM Resources Inc, said they were leaving
the chamber over the group's stance on climate.
Other companies have offered critiques of the Chamber,
which has pushed for public hearings to challenge the
scientific evidence of manmade climate change. These critics
say the chamber's views fail to reflect the broad views of its
members on climate.
After Exelon announced its departure last month, the
chamber said in a statement it favors "mainstream, common sense
views" on climate change but opposed a climate bill that the
House of Representatives narrowly passed in June.
Senate Democrats unveiled their version of the bill last
week that built on the House legislation, though the future of
the bill is uncertain.
(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by David Gregorio)