Google has severed ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) over the conservative group’s views on climate change. A group of environmentalists, union activists and liberal organizations have been pushing a host of companies to end relationships with ALEC, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The American Legislative Exchange Council is often regarded as a prominent group of conservative state legislators. ALEC is focused on advancing the ideals of limited government through a free market and “federalism at the state level though non-partisan public-private partnership approach,” according to the group’s website and public initiatives. The group was formed about four decades ago during a meeting of policy advocates, business owners and legislators, in Chicago. Ohio Governor John Kasich was among those involved with the American Legislative Exchange Council during its formative years. A host of early members went on to become governors and members of Congress.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt had this to say about the company severing ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council.
“The consensus within the company was that that was some sort of mistake. 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. During an interview with Diane Rehm on National Public Radio, the Google executive went on to say, “And so we should not be aligned with such people, they’re just lying, they’re just literally lying.”
Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club, said applauded Google’s decision to halt a working relationship with ALEC over the group’s perceived stance on climate change. “We should not be electing climate change deniers into office and not be supporting them in the marketplace. I think maybe the left hand was not aware of what the right hand was doing,” the Sierra Club official said.
American Legislative Exchange Council Chief Executive Lisa Nelson said that Google made its climate change decision because the company was giving in to “public pressure from left-leaning individuals who intentionally confuse free market policy perspectives for climate change denial.”
ALEC’s opposition to new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas emissions rules authored under the Clean Air Act might be cited as “proof” that the conservative group does not believe in global warming. The initiative launched by the American Legislative Exchange Council in opposition to the pending EPA policy states that the stringent rules would have an “enormous negative” impact on both jobs and the economy in general. The group also feels that if enacted as written, the EPA guidelines would cause irreparable damage to the ability of American businesses to compete in the marketplace and trample on state sovereignty in the process.
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