Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Toyota to concerned consumers: 'Whatever'

Toyota just released a statement brushing off consumer concerns about their support for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is lobbying to kill clean energy legislation. Can you urge Toyota to quit the Chamber of Commerce?

1-800-331-4331, press 4

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Dear MoveOn member,

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spending millions lobbying against clean energy.1 That's why companies like Apple are dropping out in protest.2

MoveOn members are calling on Toyota to join the movement and quit the Chamber.

Toyota just launched one of their biggest ad campaigns ever to boost their green image.3 So you'd think they wouldn't want to fund the Chamber's anti-climate lobbying at the same time, right?

Yesterday, Toyota responded to our calls. Basically, they said: Sorry, just because we give money to anti-environment lobbyists doesn't mean we're not green. We're staying.4

That doesn't cut it. There's just too much at stake.

Can you call today and ask Toyota to quit the Chamber of Commerce? If you called last week, call again. Tell them you're disappointed by their statement and want them to reconsider. Here's the number:

1-800-331-4331, press 4

If the line is busy or there's no answer, call your local Toyota dealer. Then let us know you called by clicking here:

The Chamber of Commerce is one of the most powerful right-wing lobbying groups in Washington.

They oppose virtually everything in the Obama agenda—health care, bank reform, helping homeowners. And they've launched a massive $100 million campaign to kill the President's priority bills.5

But the Chamber wouldn't have so much money and influence if they weren't funded by big companies like Toyota.

We know Toyota wants consumers to think they're a green company. Frankly, it helps sales. And if they catch enough heat from consumers, they'll have to drop out.

We need to respond to their statement right away to keep the pressure on. Can you call today? Here again is the number:

1-800-331-4331, press 4

If the line is busy or there's no answer, call your local Toyota dealer. Then let us know you called by clicking here:

Thanks for your help.

–Steven, Joan, Noah, Kat, and the rest of the team


1. "Defiant Chamber Chief Says 'Bring 'Em On,'" The New York Times, October 8, 2009

2. "Apple quits U.S. Chamber of Commerce over global warming views," San Jose Mercury News, October 5, 2009

3. "Green Toyota Ads Launch in a Hostile Environment," Brandweek, November 5, 2007

"Why Toyota?" Natural Resources Defense Council, November 7, 2009

4. "Toyota: Our Association with the Chamber of Commerce Does Not Mean We Agree With Their Policies," EnviroKnow, October 13, 2009

5. "Chamber defends free-market system," Politico, June 10, 2009

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