California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber)

InfluenceMap Score
F
Performance Band
24%
Organisation Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
All Sectors
Head​quarters:
Sacramento, United States

The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) is actively and negatively lobbying Californian climate change policy, although evidence from 2017 suggests an evolving position. CalChamber has criticized ‘command and control’ climate regulation and previously indicated opposition to GHG emission reductions in line with a 2°C target in 2014, however evidence from 2017 suggests a position more supportive of GHG reductions. CalChamber has led legal action against California’s emission trading system from 2012-17, rejecting the policy as an illegal tax that is ‘simply outside the law’. However, after losing a legal battle against the system in 2017, CalChamber shifted position to support the California cap and trade bill AB 398 in order to prevent more ambitious regulation. CalChamber signals opposition to bills with a ‘job killer’ label, applying the label to most major Californian climate legislation throughout 2014-17 including SB 32, a bill mandating 80% GHG emission reductions by 2030. CalChamber directly advocated to policymakers and spearheaded coalition campaigns to reject the SB 32 in 2015-16. The California Chamber of Commerce also initially opposed SB 350 as a ‘job killer’, criticizing its 50% energy efficiency and renewable energy targets, only taking a neutral position once a 50% petroleum usage reduction provision was removed from the bill. Further evidence also suggests CalChamber oppose low-carbon fuel standards, ambitious CAFE standards and in 2017 a 100% renewable energy target for California. CalChamber also advocates for the sustained use of fossil fuels, for example opposing a 2015 bill that would limit unconventional fossil fuel production.

as evident in a statement from Chamber President Allan Zaremberg and again in a June 2020 blog post.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
NS NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
NS 0 NA NS 0 NS NA NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
-1 -1 NA NS -1 -1 NA NA
Support of UN Climate Process
NS NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Transparency on Legislation
2 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax
-2 -1 NA -1 NS NS NA NA
Emissions Trading
0 0 NA -2 -1 0 NA NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
-1 -1 NA -1 -2 NS NA NA
Renewable Energy
-1 0 NA -1 -2 NS NA NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
-2 -1 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Regulation
-1 -1 NA -2 -1 -2 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA