The United States Chamber of Commerce was a key ally to BP in the media and at the Supreme Court level. Time and time again, the Chamber sides with the few mega corporations that bankroll the organization as opposed to the members that compose the vast majority of the Chamber’s constituency. In this case, the Chamber sided with a British-based company over thousands of smaller American businesses. These same American-based businesses were seeking compensation from the worst environmental disaster in United States history under the terms of a settlement that BP voluntarily negotiated for nearly one year, papered and agreed to.
In other words, the Chamber was sacrificing American-based businesses (the majority of its constituency) and long-standing contractual principles that the Chamber itself has supported for years for a foreign convicted felon, on probation for killing American employees before causing the unprecedented disaster at issue. If the Chamber’s recent efforts do not wake our country up on how the organization will sacrifice its own in the name of a mighty, powerful few, nothing will.
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