Microsoft’s position on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce climate-related activities

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Microsoft’s position on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce climate-related activities

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A number of stakeholders have asked us for our position on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce climate-related activities. We’ve shared the following response with them and I wanted to share it publicly as well:

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 with groups 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. 

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  • What a let-down Rob.

    Who are you trying to please with this non-statement? This communication will annoy both the Chamber and anyone who disagrees with their stance on Climate Change! Quite a feat.

    In fact, I can't even see if you are pro or anti the Chamber's stance on climate with this statement. You haven't said it explicitly, nor have you asked them to change a single thing that they are doing.

    As a way of patting yourself on the back, congrats, job accomplished.

    Grow a pair.

    Stop implicitly backing their stance with your continued membership.

    Heck, stop funding climate deniers with your ongoing Chamber membership dues.

    I'm guessing, as with so much else in Microsoft, this was written by a committee, or watered down from an original message which actually said something.

    At least I hope that is the case.

    Tom.

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