This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have publicly acknowledged the dangers of global warming, but last week they all sponsored a conference that promoted climate change denial to young libertarians. All three tech companies were sponsors of LibertyCon, the annual convention of the libertarian group Students for Liberty, which took place in Washington, DC. Google was a platinum sponsor, ponying up $25,000, and Facebook and Microsoft each contributed $10,000 as gold sponsors. The donations put the tech companies in the top tier of the event’s backers. But the donations also put the firms in company with some of the event’s other sponsors, which included three groups known for their work attacking climate change science and trying to undermine efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Among the most notable was the CO2 Coalition, a group founded in 2015 to spread the “good news” … [Read more...] about Google and Facebook Backed an Event Denying Climate Change
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0 Have your say As wildfires claim lives and destroy homes in California, we must not let Trump distract us from delivering urgent climate action, writes Carline Rance of Friends of the Earth Scotland. The scenes of wildfires blazing across California this week are shocking and saddening, and they bring home an uncomfortable truth - climate change is here. For too long the warnings about dangerous weather events didn’t hit home and many people, many governments, felt climate change was something that wouldn’t affect them. It was a far off problem, something that might happen in the future, but wouldn’t visit their homes and lives.READ MORE: Donald Trump: Climate change not a hoax but I don’t know that it’s man-madeNow, the impacts of climate change are clear. Of course there are other factors which lead to wildfires starting and spreading, but the trend for more frequent and more serious fires in California certainly has climate … [Read more...] about Trump’s hot air on wildfires shouldn’t distract from climate fight
On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that ExxonMobil had committed $1 million to a Republican-led carbon tax initiative called Americans for Carbon Dividends (AFCD). The story is a bit surprising on its face: it seems counterintuitive that an oil company would want to give money to an initiative that would tax its (considerable) carbon contribution. The other surprising factor is that some Republicans, who have traditionally resisted both climate policy and tax increases, are advocating for both. facing significant lawsuits alleging that its scientists knew about climate change for decades and actively misled investors about it through advertisements and other public denials. Consequently, Exxon has made choices in recent years to reflect a more "eco-conscious" oil company, pledging to reduce methane emissions by 15 percent by 2020, for example. Furthermore, Exxon's $1 million commitment is a drop in the company's considerable bucket. The donation to AFCD is just … [Read more...] about Exxon gives $1 million—just 0.00027% of its market cap—to carbon tax initiative
In 2012, North Carolina legislators passed a bill that barred policymakers and developers from using up-to-date climate science to plan for rising sea levels on the state’s coast. Now Hurricane Florence threatens to cause a devastating storm surge that could put thousands of lives in danger and cost the state billions of dollars worth of damage.The hurricane, which is expected to make landfall on Friday, is shaping up to be one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast. Residents of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and mainland coasts have already been ordered to evacuate. President Donald Trumpdeclared a state of emergency in both North and South Carolina, and a Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator said that the Category 4 hurricane will likely cause “massive damage to our country.”And the rise in sea levels, experts say, is making the storm surge worse. 23 PHOTOS Hurricane Florence churns toward East Coast See Gallery Hurricane Florence … [Read more...] about 6 years ago, North Carolina chose to ignore rising sea levels. This week it braces for disaster.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has endorsed an article calling for the Republican party to be wiped out in the U.S. for at least a couple of generations and replaced by a de facto one-party state controlled by well-meaning Democrats. According to the article’s author – another liberal tech CEO called Peter Leyden – the Republican party is now so morally indefensible on every level that it is equivalent to the Confederacy in the Civil War, which had to be defeated because it was on the “wrong side of history.”Leyden writes: Let’s just say what needs to be said: The Republican Party over the past 40 years has maneuvered itself into a position where they are the bad guys on the wrong side of history. For a long time, they have been able to hide this fact through a sophisticated series of veils, invoking cultural voodoo that fools a large enough number of Americans to stay in the game. However, Donald Trump has laid waste to that sophistication and has given … [Read more...] about Delingpole: Twitter CEO Praises Article Calling For New ‘Civil War’ in Which Republicans Are Destroyed