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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-30-09 02:33 PM
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Nike leaves U.S. Chamber of Commerce over climate policy
Source: The Oregonian

Today Nike became the latest company to part ways with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's climate change policy.

"We fundamentally disagree with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the issue of climate change and their recent action challenging the EPA is inconsistent with our view that climate change is an issue in need of urgent action," the company, which has its headquarters near Beaverton, said in a statement.

The company said it would resign its position on the chamber's board but remain a member of the business group in order to advocate for a more aggressive climate change strategy internally. "Moving forward we will continue to evaluate our membership," the statement said.

The move follows pressure by some Nike shareholders for the company to leave the chamber, which recently challenged a new initiative by the Environmental Protection Agency to track emissions of heat-trapping gasses like carbon dioxide. Today Senators will reveal a new bill to limit the output of such gasses, which most scientists agree lead to global warming.


Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/09...
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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-30-09 02:52 PM
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1. Surely an alternative (more rational) Chamber is required.
These represent U.S. business overseas, and often leave a bad impression at present.
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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-30-09 03:09 PM
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2. Several big companies have quit the CofC lately over its climate change position.
Some others have made public statements of disagreement with the Chamber over climate policy and may drop out in the future. Many of the companies that have dropped out or expressed their dissatisfaction are now members of USCAP (United States Climate Action Partnership) http://www.us-cap.org/index.asp .
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-30-09 03:14 PM
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3. Its pretty bad when Nike leaves over climate change
And the US CoC didnt force them to leave their organization over child labor violations years ago.
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jakefrep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-30-09 03:22 PM
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4. The CofC has exposed themselves as a bunch of myopic crackpots
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Just-plain-Kathy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-30-09 05:10 PM
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5. Just to add...most of my son's JV football team wears Nikes, and their cleats are falling apart....
...and that's after only six weeks.
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hughee99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-30-09 06:13 PM
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6. Nike needs a healthy environment for it's workers...
Edited on Wed Sep-30-09 06:17 PM by hughee99
It can't have a bunch of 8 year olds missing work. That's 16 hours of labor (each) a day they're missing out on.
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