Environmental activists have been successful in pushing major corporations from leaving lobbying groups like the Chamber of Commerce and the American Legislative Exchange Council over their climate change positions. Now the Sierra Club is hoping to do the same for the National Association of Manufacturers.
In an open letter, Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune urges the CEOs and Boards of Directors of four major corporations, including Microsoft and Verizon, to quit the industry group over NAM’s opposition to an Obama administration proposal to limit smog pollution.
The letter obtained by National Journal, which also went to executives at Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers, charges that NAM has been taking a leading in role in lobbying against the rule and “directly standing in the way of safeguards that would protect the health of millions of Americans.” The rule in question would lower the legal limit of ground-level ozone pollution, which has been tied to chronic respiratory diseases like asthma, development problems and premature death.
Executives from all four companies sit on the Board of Directors for NAM.
The industry group has been lobbying fiercely against the rule, which would require state governments to craft plans limiting ozone-causing pollutants. NAM has said that the rule will be the most costly regulation in history and has been running several ad campaigns highlighting the potential economic pain of compliance.