While going to great lengths to portray itself as an environmentally conscious tech company, Apple has joined several industry associations that are “fighting efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” according to a new report from the Technology Transparency Project.
As recently as 2020, the company was an active member of several “corporate groups seeking to thwart action on global warming”, according to the report, which cites Apple subscriptions with Business Roundtable, BusinessEurope and the Texas Association of Business, among other associations with soot on their hands, so to speak. Apple did not respond to a request for comment on the report.
Business Roundtable was among the many groups supported by companies to oppose the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget resolution last year, which included a $150 billion plan to accelerate the development of electric cars and produce more renewable energy. Predictably, the trade group – which also counts Alphabet, Walt Disney and Salesforce among its members – has fought corporate legislation tax increase.
Another Apple-backed group as recently as 2020, the Texas Association of Business (TAB) spoke out against “the use of environmental regulatory controls that have the specific effect of promoting alternative energy policy” in a 2019 statement. The same document outlined the group’s opposition to ozone hardening and methane regulations.
“It’s unclear how Apple, which calls climate change ‘the defining issue of our time,’ is able to reconcile its association with TAB with its environmental stances,” the Tech Transparency Project said. The advocacy group also denounced Apple’s history of fighting right-to-repair laws, which aim to reduce e-waste.