USA: Google has contributed to organisations against climate action despite support for addressing the climate crisis
Author: Stephanie Kirchgaessner, The Guardian, Published on: 11 October 2019
"Revealed: Google made large contributions to climate change deniers", 11 October 2019
Among hundreds of groups [Google] has listed on its website as beneficiaries of its political giving are more than a dozen organisations that have campaigned against climate legislation, questioned the need for action, or actively sought to roll back... environmental protections... The list includes the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a conservative policy group that was instrumental in convincing the Trump administration to abandon the Paris agreement... Google has defended its contributions, saying that its “collaboration” with organisations such as CEI “does not mean we endorse the organisations’ entire agenda”... A spokesperson for Google said it sponsored organisations from across the political spectrum that advocate for “strong technology policies”... “We’re hardly alone among companies that contribute to organisations while strongly disagreeing with them on climate policy,” the spokesperson said... [E]nvironmental activists and other critics say that, for a company that purports to support global action on climate change, such tradeoffs are not acceptable... “What all of corporate America should be doing is saying if you are a trade organisation or lobby group and you are interfering on climate, we are out,"... said Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic senator from Rhode Island.