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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 6, 2009 11:04 AM

Uggghh. I love my iPhone, iMac, and Macbook Pro, but I can’t stand the enviro-nitwittery of Apple management.

WaPo reports that Apple has withdrawn from the US Chamber of Commerce over its opposition to cap-and-tax:

Apple is pulling out of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of the organization’s strident criticism of plans to reduce U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions, the computer giant said Monday.

In a letter to the Chamber’s president, Apple Vice President Catherine Novelli wrote, “Apple supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and it is frustrating to find the Chamber at odds with us in this effort.” As a result, Novelli said, “we have decided to resign our membership effective immediately.”

The Chamber of Commerce, which says it represents more than 3 million businesses, has been one of the strongest critics of legislation aimed at reducing U.S. emissions.

Last week, the group’s president, Thomas J. Donohue, said in a statement that his group supports “strong federal legislation” to protect the climate. But he said legislation passed by the House of Representatives — which would use a “cap and trade” system to lower the cost of reducing emissions — was flawed because it does not require other polluting countries to act and does too little to spur U.S. investment in green technologies.

A spokesman for the Chamber, Eric Wohlschlegel, wrote in an e-mail statement Monday: “While we’ll continue to represent the broad majority of our membership on this goal, we recognize that there are some companies who stand to gain more than others with the current options on the table.”

Steve Milloy’s Green Hell blog points out that if Apple were really concerned about environmental health, it would leave China, not the US Chamber of Commerce:

So when will Apple pressure the Chinese government to adopt the Clean Air Act? Isn’t actual air pollution in China much worse than the invisible, if not debatable/mythical, problem of U.S. CO2 emissions?

We doubt that Apple has any answers to those questions as Al I-need-cap-and-trade-to-become-the-first-carbon-billionaire Gore sits on its board of directors and, no doubt, cheered Apple’s resignation from the U.S. Chamber.

Be sure to click on the link and see the compare and contrast photos of air quality at Apple’s Cupertino CA office vs. Shenzhen, China, where iPhones are manufactured.

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