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Facebook And Google To Leave ALEC Over Climate Denialism

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) may lose two prominent technology companies due to its denialism on climate change. Facebook and Google will apparently break with the conservative policymaking group over ALEC’s position of, as Google Chairman Eric Schmidt put it,”literally lying” about climate change.

ALEC is funded by Koch Industries heirs Charles and David Koch as well as Exxon Mobil and writes model legislation that is used by conservative legislators around the country, often verbatim.

ALEC’s position on climate change is to deny the science related to the fossil fuel industry’s contribution to changing the climate by emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

After Google dropped out and Schmidt made his public declaration that ALEC is lying, Facebook is expected to follow according to the San Francisco Chronicle who talked to a Facebook spokesperson.

Facebook may be next out the ALEC door, a company spokesperson told The Chronicle on Tuesday.

“We re-evaluate our memberships on an annual basis and are in that process now,” a company representative wrote in an e-mail to the newspaper. “While we have tried to work within ALEC to bring that organization closer to our view on some key issues, it seems unlikely that we will make sufficient progress so we are not likely to renew our membership in 2015.”

Since being exposed as the authors behind many reactionary pieces of legislation launched in state legislatures around the country numerous companies have left including technology companies such as Microsoft.

ALEC’s response to Schmidt’s public announcement was to dodge his personal indictment of the organization’s dishonesty and claim “It is unfortunate to learn Google has ended its membership … as a result of public pressure from left-leaning individuals and organizations who intentionally confuse free-market policy perspectives for climate change denial.”

No one is confused. Maybe ALEC will figure that out if enough companies leave.

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Facebook And Google To Leave ALEC Over Climate Denialism

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) may lose two prominent technology companies due to its denialism on climate change. Facebook and Google will apparently break with the conservative policymaking group over ALEC’s position of, as Google Chairman Eric Schmidt put it, “literally lying” about climate change.

ALEC is funded by Koch Industries heirs Charles and David Koch as well as Exxon Mobil and writes model legislation that is used by conservative legislators around the country, often verbatim.

ALEC’s position on climate change is to deny the science related to the fossil fuel industry’s contribution to changing the climate by emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

After Google dropped out and Schmidt made his public declaration that ALEC is lying, Facebook is expected to follow according to the San Francisco Chronicle who talked to a Facebook spokesperson.

Facebook may be next out the ALEC door, a company spokesperson told The Chronicle on Tuesday.

“We re-evaluate our memberships on an annual basis and are in that process now,” a company representative wrote in an e-mail to the newspaper. “While we have tried to work within ALEC to bring that organization closer to our view on some key issues, it seems unlikely that we will make sufficient progress so we are not likely to renew our membership in 2015.”

Since being exposed as the authors behind many reactionary pieces of legislation launched in state legislatures around the country numerous companies have left including technology companies such as Microsoft.

ALEC’s response to Schmidt’s public announcement was to dodge his personal indictment of the organization’s dishonesty and claim “It is unfortunate to learn Google has ended its membership … as a result of public pressure from left-leaning individuals and organizations who intentionally confuse free-market policy perspectives for climate change denial.”

No one is confused. Maybe ALEC will figure that out if enough companies leave.

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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