by Credo Action
When Donald Trump backed out of the Paris climate agreement, it was no surprise that he cited a bogus anti-climate study funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an extremist, right-wing lobby group in the pocket of Big Oil that regularly denies the science of climate change.
What is surprising, though, are the companies that continue to fund the Chamber of Commerce, including Gap, Disney and Pepsi, in complete contradiction to these companies’ own public stances in favor of the Paris accord and climate action.
If Gap, Disney and Pepsi are truly committed to fighting runaway climate change, they must discontinue funding the Chamber’s climate denial and end their membership immediately.
As the nation’s largest pro-business organization, the Chamber of Commerce spends more on lobbying than any other group by far. Over the last 18 years, it spent $1.2 billion in lobbying, with $104 million in just the last year. The Chamber uses its massive clout and war chest to fund Big Tobacco and oil and gas interests and prop up climate change deniers in Congress and across the country. In fact, 94 percent of the Chamber’s political donations went to climate-denying candidates in the 2010 midterm elections.
Over the last few years, dozens of major companies, including Starbucks, Unilever, Costco and General Mills, have dropped the Chamber because of its extreme views on climate change and its right-wing political spending. Yet Gap, Disney and Pepsi have remained members despite their vocal support of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Disney CEO Robert Iger even quit Trump’s advisory council over the decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement, even though his company continues funding the Chamber’s climate-denying agenda.
While these three companies pay lip service to combating climate change and promote their green corporate images, it’s time for them to put their money where their mouths are. We must ramp up public pressure to demand these companies do the right thing for the planet and leave the Chamber of Commerce once and for all.