U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Makes “Climate Killer” List
Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and climate change skeptic, made Rolling Stone’s list of 17 “polluters and deniers” who are working to derail climate legislation.
According to the story, “In the first nine months of last year, the Chamber spent $65 million — three times more than ExxonMobil — mounting a campaign to block Congress from placing limits on carbon pollution….The extreme anti-climate position staked out by Donohue runs counter to the position of his own members. Of the 23 companies on the Chamber’s board that made their position on climate legislation public, only four are against it — and three of those are coal companies. Yet the Chamber claims, in scaremongering language, that climate legislation threatens to ‘completely shut the country down’ and ‘virtually destroy the United States.’ For his part, Donohue is proudly ignorant of the risks that a changing climate poses to the business community: ‘Is the science right? Is science not right? I don’t know.’”
Just today, in the Chamber’s annual State of American Business speech, Donohue said that the climate legislation passed by the House, with a cap-and-trade system and renewable energy generation targets, would “tie economic activity in knots and eliminate jobs from one end of the country to the other.”
Also on appearing on Rolling Stone’s list of climate killers are Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Dick Gephardt (now a lobbyist for coal company Peabody Energy), George Will and John McCain.