Remember a few days ago that I said climate change would be the Achilles heel for the Chamber of Commerce and the anti-consumer, anti-lawsuit hacks who run it?
The White House and environmental groups are turning up the heat on the Chamber of Commerce, and some of its member companies are feeling the burn.
At a National Press Club event last week, seven different reporters tried to ask the chairwoman of Royal Dutch Shell how her oil company could push for climate legislation while maintaining its membership in the Chamber.
Toyota has been inundated with calls and e-mails from Prius owners, pushed by MoveOn.org to demand an explanation of how the automaker’s membership in the Chamber squares with the green vibe it wraps around its hybrid cars.
And New York-based Mohawk Fine Papers — “the largest premium paper manufacturer in North America” — pulled out of the Chamber this week. It was the seventh company to resign over the business lobby’s opposition to climate change legislation.
I cannot emphasize enough how incredibly stupid it would be of trial lawyers not to take advantage of this situation to drive members and membership dollars away from the Chamber. Look, the Chamber is already blaming defections of companies like Apple on trial lawyers anyway. So instead of standing on the sidelines and playing the scapegoat, why not go on the offensive and hit them where it hurts?
Put the pressure on. Make them spend their dollars defending their (outlandish) position instead of advocating for the dismantlement of the civil justice system.
Get to it!