Adwatch: Chamber of Commerce Against Lieberman-Warner Climate Change Bill

by: Matt Stoller

Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 15:22


The US Chamber of Commerce launched this ad against the global warming legislation winding its way through Congress.  It's hilarious, and dumb, and makes no sense.  The scenario that consumers would have to jog to work is implausible, and doesn't really fear-monger the way that I would expect from a real right-wing campaign.

And in fact, the US Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue has stated he doesn't oppose a carbon tax:

Therefore, along with other options, we are going to have to consider an increase in the federal gasoline user fee. This could take the form of a straightforward increase in a fee that hasn't been raised in 14 years or it may be in the form of a carbon tax designed to address global warming-as long as the proceeds are dedicated to transportation.

The US Chamber of Commerce has historically supported consumption taxes, and they would like nothing better than to raise energy costs on consumers and reduce them on their right-wing corporate members while dedicating the revenue to their interests. 

But this ad isn't serious.  It isn't intended to do anything except demonstrate to insiders that business is willing to spend lots of money to ensure that climate change legislation is tilted towards business interests. 

Matt Stoller :: Adwatch: Chamber of Commerce Against Lieberman-Warner Climate Change Bill

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It signals that the right-wing media machine has moved from climate-change denial to lying about the economics of solving global warming.

This is something important to consider because most environmental organizations and political leaders who have been leading the fight against the pollution industry's propaganda about climate change haven't made the switch to fighting propaganda about the economics of climate policy.

In particular, the progressive economic experts (from the labor groups, think tanks like the Drum Major Institute, to bloggers with economic expertise like Atrios) aren't engaged on this issue like the polluters have.

That said, there are progressive efforts that deserve mention.

The Center for American Progress has been a real leader, supporting efforts like Green For All. The Apollo Alliance is another major coalition effort, though it's hard to reconcile the AFL-CIO's engagement in that with its positioning on cap-and-trade climate legislation. That may be why the Apollo Alliance seems to have run aground -- no new press releases since May.


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We need a revolution within the Chamber of Commerce.  It's a wonderful organization at the local level, but the wingnuts control the national office.

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...until there is a cost, until they really have to put thier money where thier mouth is...the tragedy is that Chamber of Commerce types are more effective in fighting change rather than embracing change and figuring out how to make money in the process.  The ad by the Chamber is just the tip of the iceberg.  They are going to use fear and wage a strong campaign against real greenhouse gas limits or even an effective cap & change system.  I simply do not believe they will support a BTU tax anytime in the next decade or two.

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