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Is Google Funding Climate Science Denial? Jim Inhofe Fundraiser Planned For July 11

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by Brad Johnson, campaign manager for Forecast the Facts

Google’s motto is “Don’t Be Evil,” but it is supporting one of the worst deniers of climate science in the world: Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK). On July 11, Google is hosting a lunchtime $250-$2500 a plate fundraiser for Inhofe with the National Republican Senatorial Committee at its Washington, DC headquarters at 1101 New York Ave NW.

The Washington Post also recently revealed that Google was the biggest single donor to the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual dinner on Thursday, June 20, dropping $50,000 in support of this anti-science group. The dinner was headlined by radical global warming denier Sen. Rand Paul. CEI’s other donors include a who’s who of polluters: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, Altria (Phillip Morris), Koch Companies, and Koch’s Americans For Prosperity. CEI is famed for its ad promoting carbon dioxide emissions: “They call it pollution. We call it life.”

CO2 does not cause catastrophic disasters,” Sen. Inhofe claimed in 2003, the first time of many he call global warming a “hoax” on the Senate floor. “Actually, it would be beneficial to our environment and the economy.”

This May, Inhofe claimed that “activists are relentless in their attempts to drum up global warming hysteria blaming our state‚Äôs successful energy sector for extreme heat temperatures.”

(Inhofe even opposes net neutrality, the one issue Google explicitly claims influences their contribution decisions.)

You can lie about the effects of climate change, but eventually you’ll be seen as a liar,” Google chairman Eric Schmidt said on June 6. It is unclear why Google is intentionally funding politicians the company has deemed liars. Google’s lobbying efforts are led by former Republican Rep. Susan Molinari of New York.

Google has been a corporate leader in fighting climate change pollution, and its support for liars like Inhofe is a glaring mistake. The climate accountability group Forecast the Facts has launched a petition calling on Google CEO Larry Page to cancel the planned fundraiser.

(H/T Adam Smith)

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25 Responses to Is Google Funding Climate Science Denial? Jim Inhofe Fundraiser Planned For July 11

  1. What an unconscionable, despicable , dumber-than-dumb action by Google. What could they possibly be thinking, giving support to help re-elect one of the Senate’s dumbest, arrogant and willfully ignorant congressman.

    • Agreed. Their $50K has purchased ten times that in ill will and distrust.

      A very stupid PR move for Google.

    • Wes Hopper says:

      Follow the money. What does Google want? This ain’t rocket science, after all. It’s just everyday bribery.

      • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

        It’s an old business tactic. Buy ‘em by the gross (politicians that is) and they don’t come much grosser than Inhofe.

    • Ken Barrows says:

      Inhofe will be re-elected easily–Google helping or not.

    • AlexR says:

      I don’t know if at this point Google is so big the left hand doesn’t know what the right is doing, but it doesn’t seem quite compatible with their renewable energy/anti-carbon(?) dabbling. I just know that as a company becomes a mega-corporation, money and indifference seem more likely to dilute any real principle there was to begin with. Guess we’ll see how things shake out.

    • PeterW says:

      So here’s a crazy idea. Inhofe is in it for the money, he doesn’t really care who’s footing the bill. If he and the CEI suddenly have a new benefactor, and they no longer need to be so dependent on the oil industry, would they change their tune? Just a thought. Lord knows nothing else has worked with these sleaze balls.

  2. Mike Roddy says:

    Who is making these decisions? This comes on top of Google’s complicity in data mining and domestic spying. If it’s the founders, they have wandered down a very sick road, greased with all the riches they have made. It’s caused their brains to atrophy, and become overwhelmed by greed and denial. Eventually they will become totally psychopathic, like Larry Ellison, with his giant yachts and villas.

    Google must have apostates, if Far Right policies have taken hold at the top. Rebels within the company need to break away and start a new competitor, fueled by this turn to the dark side. Since the best minds would be the ones to leave, they would end up supplanting Google before long. The people can smell evil, and now we know how to spell it, starting with a G.

  3. Martin Vermeer says:

    There’s another petition drive for getting Google to stop supporting CEI at

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/hey-google-stop-funding?source=s.fwd&r_by=8083794

  4. BobbyL says:

    One more reason to use DuckDuckGo for searching.

  5. MarkF says:

    The reasons to stop using google are accumulating.

    There are alternatives that work fine.

    I used one, and I have no problems of any kind with it.

  6. Lionel A says:

    Hum. This is disturbing enough to do something about it.

    Finding a good alternative isn’t so easy unless in the know. Many moons ago my first choice search was AltaVista but now Yahoo own that so strike that one.

    Whilst I try out alternatives, this Wki page for inspiration I have discovered, via Sourcewatch, something that was billed as Google-Watch org, FWIW.

    Maybe we should all switch this week and encourage others to do so.

    I hope Google realise how bad this is and pull the plug on the fundraiser.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      When someone like Schmidt ‘rises without trace’, you must look for the string-pullers, who will be there, behind the PR front.

  7. BBunsen says:

    Hey, Google! In addition to not funding evil, how about not funding ignorance? Or stupidity?

  8. jon reid says:

    You must ask why they would do this. It benefits them because they are a large wasteful energy user and their profits would be affected through higher taxes. If you believe it is to benefit the common man, think again.

  9. johnrobert says:

    I guess it might be time to give Bing a try. I’m no fan of M$, but I have to draw the line at supporting an effing scumbag like Inhofe. I wonder if it was standard political blackmail, Inhofe suggesting that he might start a Senate investigation of Google monopoly unless a contribution was forthcoming. Something like that. Still wouldn’t excuse it.

  10. FD says:

    If morons wouldn’t elect ‘evil’ senators we wouldn’t have to worry about who is funding them, now would we?