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Elizabeth Warren: U.S. Chamber Should ‘Change Its Name to Chamber of Carbon’

By Mark Jennings | May 30, 2019 | 10:13am EDT
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Screenshot)

On Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) attacked the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) for failing to support her environmental agenda.

Warren, a presidential hopeful, took to Twitter to accuse the organizations of trying to prevent Congress from “saving our planet”:

“What do the @USChamber and @ShopFloorNAM have in common? They’re 2 of corporate America’s top lobbying groups. And they’re both leading the charge to stop Congress from combatting the climate crisis and saving our planet. https://influencemap.org/report/Trade-Associations-and-their-Climate-Policy-Footprint-067f4e745c9920eb3dfaa5b637511634 …

She also accused the Chamber of Commerce of funding a “misleading” study that President Trump used as justification for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017 - and suggested it change its name to the “Chamber of Carbon”:

“The @USChamber has supported Trump Admin efforts to roll back the Clean Power Plan and funded a misleading study that @realDonaldTrump used to justify withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. It might as well change its name to the #ChamberOfCarbon.”

She charged the National Association of Manufacturers with “fighting the transition to a clean energy economy”:

@ShopFloorNAM has repeatedly opposed federal action on the climate crisis – and worked to protect Big Oil by supporting Arctic and offshore oil drilling and fighting the transition to a clean energy economy. #ManufacturedFacts.”

Warren's next two tweets implicated the companies that do businesses with the two organizations, and urged them to “put people over profits” by cutting ties with groups like "the #ChamberOfCarbon":

“This is bigger than 2 anti-climate lobbying groups – it’s also about the companies (many of which have made public commitments to fight climate change) that support them. They're putting their reputations – and our communities – at risk.”

“If the companies that belong to the @USChamber and @ShopFloorNAM really support efforts to #ActOnClimate, they should put people over profits and stop funneling money to the #ChamberOfCarbon and other anti-climate lobbying groups.”

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