Tuesday, March 2, 2010

And Another One: Chamber of Commerce Loses Microsoft

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been having some real trouble lately with the forward-thinking corporations it supposedly represents.

Back in October, the Chamber lost Apple as a member over its opposition to clean energy and climate legislation. At the time, Chamber President Tom Donohue criticized Apple – the company that brought you some of the most innovative personal electronics in the last two decades – of not being “forward-thinking enough” to join the Chamber’s “innovative” efforts to bring clean energy to the US economy. In a scolding letter to Steve Jobs (that steadfast opponent of innovation!), Donohue said:
It is unfortunate that your company didn’t take the time to understand the Chamber’s position on climate and forfeited the opportunity to advance a 21st century approach to climate change.


As the world’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region, the Chamber is leading the way to support the innovation needed to transition to a lower carbon future, including the elimination of barriers to the deployment of clean energy technologies. Supporting innovation and technology is at the very heart of our efforts to combat climate change, and we will continue to fight for an approach that embraces their merits.
What, pray tell, does the Chamber's innovative approach to climate change entail? Among other things, a "Scopes monkey trial" of climate science. No, really.

So it should come as no surprise that another innovative and forward-thinking tech giant, Microsoft, is also not quite innovative enough to understand the Chamber’s grand strategy for America’s clean energy future. Politico's Ben Smith directs us to a statement on Microsoft's Web site:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has never spoken for nor done work on behalf of Microsoft regarding climate change legislation, and we have not participated in the Chamber’s climate initiatives. Microsoft has stated that climate change is a serious issue that demands immediate, worldwide attention and we are acting accordingly.
Microsoft: impeding innovators like Tom Donohue and the Chamber of Commerce since 1975!

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