What you need to know
- Analysis claims Apple-backed groups are amongst those lobbying against the United State's $3.5tn budget bill.
- Watchdog group Accountable.US claims many companies including Apple are backing business groups lobbying against Joe Biden's $3.5tn budget, which includes spending to tackle climate change.
- One group that counts Apple as a member has vowed to stop the bill because of tax raises.
A new report claims that groups backed by businesses including Apple are trying to lobby against the U.S.'s proposed $3.5tn budget bill, which includes big spending to tackle climate change.
Analysis from Accountable.US reported by The Guardian reportedly shows that Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Disney are counted among businesses represented by lobby groups trying to stall the bill. From a report Friday:
The original report emphasizes the bill's aim at tackling climate change through a large spending package and contrasts the lobbying with the promises of companies like Apple to reduce their own emissions, however, does not provide any link that the lobbying has anything to do with climate change, at least in Apple's case.
Kyle Herrig, president of the watchdog behind the analysis claimed "major corporations love to tell us how committed they are to addressing the climate crisis and building a sustainable future, but behind closed doors, they are funding the very industry trade groups that are fighting tooth and nail to stop the biggest climate change bill ever."
The report cites the US Chamber of Commerce as one group lobbying against the legislation, however, Apple left that group because of climate change skepticism more than ten years ago. The only group cited that Apple is a part of is Business Roundtable, which numbers Tim Cook amongst its ranks as well as Sundar Pichai and Amazon's Andy Jassy. This group's quarrel with the bill, however, is described in terms of raising taxes:
Accountable.US claimed this week companies lobbying "against the Biden agenda on corporate tax fairness" are doing so over tax concerns:
In April, Apple published its 2021 Environmental Progress Report, reaffirming its 2020 commitment to going carbon neutral by 2030. Apple says it has reduced its CO2 emissions from 25.1 million metric tons in 2019 to 22.6 million tons in 2020. It saved some 2 million metric tons by removing the charger from the iPhone 12 last year, a move it continued with this year's best iPhone, the iPhone 13. Previous reports of Apple lobbying politicians extend to the right to repair bill as well as App Store legislation.
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