Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Google turns to the dark side

Google's motto is "don't be evil". So why are they supporting US climate change deniers?

Google, which prides itself on building a "better web that is better for the environment", is hosting a fundraiser for the most notorious climate change denier in Congress, it has emerged.

The lunch, at the company's Washington office, will benefit the Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe, who has made a career of dismissing climate change as a "hoax" on the Senate floor.

Proceeds of the 11 July lunch, priced at $250 to $2,500, will also go to the national Republican Senatorial Committee.

It's the second show of support from Google for the anti-climate cause in recent weeks.

Last month, the Washington Post reported that the internet company had donated $50,000 for a fundraising dinner for the ultra-conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute – topping the contributions even of the Koch oil billionaires.

So they're giving money to people who think climate change is a hoax and who launch lawsuits aimed at intimidating climate change scientists - that is, people who are actively working to prevent action on a crisis which threatens billions of lives. And this is "not being evil"?