In an interview with NPR’s Diane Rehm, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said what we all know about climate change deniers: They’re “literally just lying.”
When Schmidt was asked why the company funds the conservative-leaning American Legislative Exchange Council, which openly denies man-made climate change, the Executive Chairman said that Google initially supported them for political reasons — but it is now abundantly clear that the company can not continue to provide them with funds.
Eric Schmidt: Um, we funded them as part of a political [campaign—somewhat unintelligible] of something unrelated. I think the consensus within the company was that that was some sort of mistake and so we’re trying to not do that in the future.
Diane Rehm: And how did you get involved with them in the first place and were you, then, disappointed in what you saw?
Eric Schmidt: Well, the company has a very strong view that we should make decisions in politics based on facts — what a shock. And the facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people — they’re just, they’re just literally lying.
While it is good to see Google pulling support from the group, it is unlikely that ALEC will feel the sting anytime soon with the mountains of cash provided by the Koch brothers.
This isn’t the first time, however, that Google has courted extremist climate change deniers. Since 2008, the company has given nearly $700,000 to climate change deniers in Congress. In a statement on Google’s decision to dump ALEC, Forecast the Facts said:
“Forecast the Facts was pleased to hear Google Chairman Eric Schmidt announce today on The Diane Rehm Show that Google will pull its support from The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) due to the organization’s support of climate change denial –- a move requested by more than 100,000 members of Forecast the Facts since starting its #DontFundEvil campaign last year.
‘As Schmidt said, ‘The facts of climate change are not in question anymore, everyone understands that climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place, and we should not be aligned with such people. They are just literally lying.’ We couldn’t agree more, and we hope Google will also take this opportunity review its over $699,000 in contributions since 2008 to another group that is “just literally lying” — climate change deniers in Congress.”
One such recipient of Google’s generosity was Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe. The company held a 2013 fundraiser for the anti-science Senator, who called man-made global warming “the second largest greatest hoax ever played on the American people, after the separation of church and state.”
Perhaps this will serve as a wake-up call to Google and other companies that choose to fund anti-science loons because it suits their political agendas.