Microsoft Upset at Chamber of Commerce over Climate Change Stance
Microsoft on U.S. Chamber: Abort, Retry, Fail. Okay, not exactly. If only Microsoft's corporate communications guys practiced the same economy of words as the author of those old DOS error messages.
Instead, they've issued a strongly worded statement (as these things go) and re-published it on their Environmental Sustainability Blog. The gist of it: We don't participate in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's climate change initiatives, and the Chamber does not speak for, or lobby for, Microsoft. We're way more serious about this climate change thing.
Microsoft's memo is in response to the Chamber's lobbying against cap-and-trade and other serious efforts to limit greenhouse emissions, which the Chamber considers "ill-conceived," and which it has pledged to resist.
Like most big businesses, Microsoft is a Chamber member, and there's the rub. By taking stances against legislation to slow climate change, the Chamber is lobbying for what it sees as the aggregate interests of its constituent corporations. After all, they all use electricity, right?
That logic has Microsoft breathing fire (as these things go).