October 09, 2009

Chamber of Horrors

Maybe the most worthless organization this side of the Heritage Foundation continues its’ creep toward conservative Christian extremism. Recent statements from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about global warming would make the Texas SBOE envious.

"We've never questioned the science behind global warming," the chamber's spokesman said. "The chamber is trying to move forward with solutions on climate change." That wasn't what a chamber senior vice president said in late August when he said the chamber wanted to put the science of climate change on trial. "It would be evolution versus creationism," he said. "It would be the science of climate change on trial." Nor was the chamber pro-science when its foundation identified a global warming denier's book on its top ten reading list for 2009. Nor was it pro-science when the chamber's president claimed global cooling in 2008.

Now, corporations are deciding that the chamber’s main purpose is no longer to promote business but to push nutty religious beliefs. Many are not renewing their membership with the organization.

Here's the rub: a growing number of businesses recognize that being boneheaded and short-sighted about climate change is bad for business. If what's good for business is what's good for America, then pro-environmental corporations know that what's bad for business is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Given the number of businesses that belong to the chamber and are headed by American Christians, one wonders if these Christian CEOs are speaking to their local chambers about the need for the national office to be truthful and to stop being obstructionists to a real solution to global warming. The Chamber of Commerce is being neither a responsible corporate citizen nor a truth-teller. That should concern Christian business leaders.

The full story from ethicsdaily.com

Posted by Captain Kroc at October 9, 2009 08:38 PM

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