Microsoft Distances Itself From Chamber of Commerce on Climate

Created: March 02, 2010 16:45 | Last updated: July 31, 2020 00:00

After months of stagnation and speculation that comprehensive climate action was dead for 2010, there’s some real momentum on the climate front. First came word that Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) would be presenting a draft climate proposal to the Senate later this week. And today, Microsoft is reminding us that big business is behind environmental action, despite what the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may say.

From Microsoft’s environment blog:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has never spoken for nor done work on behalf of Microsoft regarding climate change legislation, and we have not participated in the Chamber’s climate initiatives. Microsoft has stated that climate change is a serious issue that demands immediate, worldwide attention and we are acting accordingly. We are pursuing strategies and taking actions that are consistent with a strong commitment to reducing our own impact as well as the impact of our products. In addition, we have adopted a broad policy statement on climate change that expresses support for government action to create market-based mechanisms to address climate change. And, we believe the greatest value Microsoft brings to the fight against climate change is our expertise on the role software and technology can play in reducing carbon emissions. To this end, Microsoft is working ranging from the Digital Energy Solutions Campaign to the World Wildlife Fund to the European Environmental Agency to advance public policies that promote the use of ICT solutions to advance energy efficiency, spur innovation and economic opportunity, and contribute to practical strategies for mitigating climate change.

h/t Ben Smith