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Major US companies stick with climate pledges while Chamber of Commerce supports Trump's move to weaken regulations
Author: Christopher Flavelle, Industry Week (USA), Published on: 30 March 2017
"America's largest manufacturing companies stick with climate pledge after Trump pivot", 30 Mar 2017
Many of America’s biggest corporations including Apple Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are sticking by their pledges to fight climate change even as President Donald Trump guts his predecessor’s environmental policies [by signing] an order…that tells the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider former President Barack Obama’s climate rules, and rescinds a series of orders Obama issued to embed consideration of climate change in government actions…Business’s biggest lobbying force supports Trump on this issue. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce welcomed Trump’s order calling that shift “vital to stimulating economic growth.”...But many of the group’s members and other corporate titans supported Obama’s Clean Power Plan, or have set their own goal…Other companies… said they would keep pursuing lower emissions in their own operations…Many energy businesses welcomed Trump’s rollback. The Independent Petroleum Association of America…joined the Chamber of Commerce in praising his move… [Despite these pledges] some environmental groups cautioned that action from the private sector wasn’t enough to make up for the pullback in federal policy.