It is my hope that we will all wake up to the seriousness of Climate change before it is too late. Republicans nationwide and their buddies in Congress have bent backwards trying to appease the lobbyists and those protecting polluters, and today, any talk of legislation to address climate change is considered a declaration of war by Republicans, and they go all out to win that war.
But climate change is happening, it is serious and it is deadly. And you don’t have to listen to the majority of scientists or their findings supporting climate change, you just have to look out your window. We are already seeing the effects in the drastic changes in our weather patterns and the yearly storms that appear stronger and more frequently. Earlier this week, The Rockerfellas, who made millions with investments in fossil fuel, decided that having all the money in the world and no world to live in, is suicide. They announced they will end their investment relationship with companies funding the depletion of the earth and the atmosphere.
And now Google is jumping on board.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt today said it was a “mistake” to support the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that has said human-created climate change could be “beneficial” and opposes environmental regulations. Schmidt said groups trying to cast doubt on climate change science are “just literally lying.”
Google’s membership in ALEC has been criticized because of the group’s stance on climate change and its opposition to network neutrality rules and municipal broadband. Earlier this month, Google refused to comment after 50 advocacy groups called on the company to end its affiliation with ALEC.
That changed today when Schmidt appeared on The Diane Rehm Show and was asked by a listener whether Google is still supporting ALEC. The listener described ALEC as “lobbyists in DC that are funding climate change deniers.”
Schmidt responded, “we funded them as part of a political campaign for something unrelated. I think the consensus within the company was that was sort of a mistake, and so we’re trying to not do that in the future.”
Schmidt did not say what issue led Google to support ALEC. Yelp reportedly joined ALEC to fight so-called “Strategic lawsuits against public participation,” but it’s not clear if Google had the same motivation. We contacted Google’s public relations department today but haven’t heard back.
Now only if we could get the Republicans and climate change deniers to get on board. They are taking us down a one way path to destruction, and they are doing it for money.