Best Buy Not on Board With Chamber’s Climate Stance

Posted March 23, 2010 at 2:28pm

Big box retailer Best Buy is distancing itself from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s opposition to climate change legislation.

A member of the Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy and the Alliance to Save Energy, Best Buy said in a statement that the company’s interest on climate change legislation and regulatory actions do not align with the chamber. Best Buy is remaining a member of the chamber, though.

“Best Buy has stated that we are supportive of comprehensive climate change legislation and working to move toward a low carbon economy,” the company said in its statement. “With regard to the Chamber’s climate initiatives, the Chamber has not spoken for Best Buy on these issues.

“We have shared our views with the Chamber and will continue to do so.”

This is the most recent dust-up between the chamber and its members over climate change. Last year the business trade group faced multiple defections, including Exelon Corp., Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Apple Inc. and others that were unhappy with the chamber’s vehement opposition to climate change legislation.

Chamber spokesman J.P. Fielder said the group supports the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The chamber did not support the Markey-Waxman climate change bill.

“We believe the right approach is through bipartisan legislation that promotes new technologies, emphasizes efficiency, ensures affordable energy for families and businesses, and defends American jobs while returning our economy to prosperity,” Fielder said in a statement. “We also need a comprehensive international agreement that includes all CO2 emitting economies, which the Chamber has been actively working toward.”