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Another Company Leaves the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Over the Organization's Environmental Policies,


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JL
- 405 days ago - citizenvox.org
This week we had great news when Skanska Corp. made the decision to depart the U.S. Chamber. The U.S. Chamber is fighting new green construction standards that the company supports.



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JL A. (275)
Friday July 12, 2013, 4:08 pm
Another company leaves U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the organization’s environmental policies

By: Jake Parent

Construction firm Skanska on Tuesday became the latest in a string of members to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the organization’s regressive policies.

This week we had great news when Skanska Corp. made the decision to depart the U.S. Chamber. The U.S. Chamber is fighting new green construction standards that the company supports. The U.S. Chamber was so determined to block these new standards that it helped start an advocacy group – the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition – dedicated to opposing them.

Skanksa said in its press release that the U.S. Chamber was supporting the interests of a few status quo businesses – those who manufacture materials that would be banned under new rules – over those of companies that are bringing innovation to the building and construction industry.

At least one member of the U.S. Chamber-backed advocacy group said that the new rules would put jobs at risk.

But Skanska USA’s CEO Mike McNally shared another point of view, pointing out that the U.S Chamber’s efforts could potentially damage the construction industry, which has seen wide and innovative adoption of green building standards.

Given that many economists see construction as one key to the country’s economic recovery, the U.S. Chamber’s position seems contradictory to the giant banner hanging outside the organization’s headquarters that reads, “J-O-B-S”.

McNally also pushed back against calls by AHPBC for “consensus” on construction standards, saying, “There’s never going to be a consensus [on new rules]. You’d still have asbestos in buildings, you’d still have lead paint in buildings, because God forbid you should disadvantage the lead-paint business.”

Skanska is not the first company to leave the U.S. Chamber with similar grievances. Several former members – including Apple, Yahoo, Pacific Gas and Electric, and more than 50 local Chambers – have quit the organization over the past few years because of its stances on the environment or other issues.

Examples of the U.S. Chamber’s broader views on environment include calling for climate science to be put on trial and challenging in court a finding by the Environmental Protection Agency that greenhouse gases threaten public health.

We applaud the company’s move and hope that other firms follow its lead.

Jake Parent is the coordinator of Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch.
 

Debbie G. (314)
Friday July 12, 2013, 5:02 pm
I do hope other companies follow suit. How better to get the message across than to just exit their mess. Thanks.
 

Marlene Dinkins (231)
Friday July 12, 2013, 6:22 pm
noted thx!!!!!
 

JL A. (275)
Friday July 12, 2013, 6:33 pm
You are welcome Debbie and Marlene!
 

Kip Mapes (28)
Friday July 12, 2013, 6:40 pm
TY
 

JL A. (275)
Friday July 12, 2013, 6:47 pm
You are welcome Kip.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Friday July 12, 2013, 11:59 pm
Hero's are coming forth. Perhaps, when they hide under the bed, their conscious is afflicted and they cannot sleep.

Come forth, ye champions of freedom, ye lights set in our world.

Come forth.

We welcome you.
 

John Gregoire (254)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 4:57 am
Even on a very local level COCs are environmentally brain dead. here they support NASCAR.
 

Gene Jacobson (251)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 6:28 am
"At least one member of the U.S. Chamber-backed advocacy group said that the new rules would put jobs at risk. "

Of course. It is mandatory for membership to be willing to allow oneself to be prostituted for the 1%, okay probably not, but on every such issue, "...at least one member..." will speak against any environmental legislation or any that might benefit the classes below the 1%. It is gospel with them that anything that reduces profit for anyone is a "jobs killer". All Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh adherents. And just as worth listening to, like hearing Polly wants a cracker 50,000 times a day.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 7:10 am
You cannot currently send a star to Zee or Gene because you have done so within the last day.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 7:54 am

This is not the first company to leave the C of C, there have been many each month. True enough many are small businesses that seem inconsequential, but it is those small businesses all across this country that hold this country up financially. These are the real backbone of America, not those 25 largest corporations, that no knows what they do or why. They may be 'too big to fail' in the eyes of fellow corporate entities and the C of C, but they are NOT major employers on US soil.

I say, go for it to the Chamber of Commerce, keep going. We the people, the collective of all of us who do work for living, who do support real business concerns and deeply despise groups like the C of C and other massive corporate entities . Corporate entities that (supported and love by C of C) care nothing about us, avoid paying taxes, do no hire on US soils and should be banned from US incorporation laws.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 7:55 am

Oh and let's not tell the C of C that they are hammering nails in their own coffin. Let's just watch and smile.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 8:22 am
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (182)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 10:52 am
dzieki
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 11:01 am
You are welcome Malgorzata.
 
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