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U.S. Chamber to Re-Examine Climate Policy That Cost It Members

  • Task force is to examine effect on members’ business decisions
  • Business group’s initiative comes amid mounting pressure
Protesters hold a sign reading "Capitalism Is Killing The Planet" during the Shut Down DC climate demonstration in Washington on Sept. 23.

Protesters hold a sign reading "Capitalism Is Killing The Planet" during the Shut Down DC climate demonstration in Washington on Sept. 23.

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg
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A decade after companies fled the Chamber of Commerce over its reluctance to combat climate change, the nation’s biggest business lobbying group is taking a fresh look at the issue.

The chamber on Tuesday announced the formation of a “task force on climate action,” meant to examine how the phenomenon is affecting member companies’ business decisions and how they are approaching climate policy. The open-ended initiative -- modeled after a similar effort on data privacy -- could spur a shift in the chamber’s approach to environmental policy.