Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Disney are among the main companies supporting lobby groups and organizations fighting against a US climate bill, according to a report. And this despite the fact that these companies are all committed to reducing their impact on the environment.
The United States Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the Rate Coalition are three of the lobbyist and business groups opposing the Democrats’ $ 3.5 trillion budget bill, which includes measures to fight against climate change. The Guardian reports that watchdog Accountable.US analyzed the groups to find out which companies have ties to them.
The Chamber of Commerce, the largest lobby group in the United States, said it would “do everything it can to prevent this tax and job-bad reconciliation bill from becoming law.” The group’s board of directors includes executives like United Airlines and Microsoft.
The Board of Directors of the Business Roundtable includes Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, and Amazon CEO Andy Jassy. The group said it was “deeply concerned” about the bill and the increase in taxes it would entail for the rich. Google has also made political contributions in the past to individuals and organizations who have denied climate change.
The report notes that The Rate Coalition is on the verge of releasing attack ads against the bill. Members of this body include Disney and Verizon (the former parent company of Engadget).
Support from pressure groups trying to kill the bill conflicts with attempts by tech companies to tackle the climate crisis. Apple, Google and Microsoft have all backed the Paris Agreement, on the one hand. Apple and Microsoft have pledged to become carbon neutral and carbon negative, respectively, by 2030.
In 2019, Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos launched the Climate Pledge, which aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and meet the Paris Agreement criteria a decade earlier. Microsoft is one of 200+ companies that have joined the pledge. Disney, meanwhile, aims to achieve zero net emissions for its direct operations by 2030.
Engadget has contacted Apple, Google and Microsoft for comment. The Guardian said none of the companies contacted rejected the positions of the groups of which they are members. None of them said they would reassess their links to these bodies either.
Friday, Amazon expressed support for the bill on infrastructure and the climate components of the Reconstruire Mieux reconciliation bill. A spokesperson made the following statement to Engadget:
Amazon believes private and public sector leadership is needed to tackle the global problem of climate change. This is why we actively advocate for policies that promote clean energy, increase access to renewable electricity and decarbonize the transport system. In addition to championing these issues locally, nationally and internationally, we have a global sustainability team that innovates sustainable solutions for our business and our customers, and co-founded The Climate Pledge – a commitment to be net-zero carbon 10 years before the Paris Agreement.
Amazon has made bold commitments to reduce our carbon emissions, and we continue to encourage other companies to join us. We support investments in Infrastructure and Build Back Better bills to reduce emissions in key sectors like energy and transportation, and we believe these investments will help advance America’s carbon reduction goals. As we said earlier this year, we support an increase in the corporate tax rate to pay for things like infrastructure, and we look forward to Congress and the administration coming together to find the right balanced solution. that maintains or improves the competitiveness of the United States.
Update 10/1 12:22 p.m. ET: Added statement from Amazon.
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