Google’s own Science Communication Fellows have blasted their employer’s record when it comes to supporting a notorious senator that dismiss climate change as a hoax.
The row was triggered by the Internet giant’s decision to host a fundraiser for the reelection campaign of US Senator James Inhofe [R-OK], a long-time climate change denier.
17 of 21 “early to mid-career Ph.D. scientists nominated by leaders in climate change research and science-based institutions across the US”, hired by Google in 2011, signed the letter that found its way to Google CEO Larry Page and executive chairman Eric Schmidt.
ThinkProgress.org carries the letter on its website, which states, “there are times where companies like Google must display moral leadership and carefully evaluate their political bedfellows.” This is before adding, “Google’s support of Senator James Inhofe’s re-election campaign is one of those moments.”
The letter continues:
“Among his most notorious statements, Senator Inhofe has outrageously claimed that climate change is “a hoax on the American people” and, in the absence of a shred of factual evidence, accused climate scientists of being “criminals.”
“Given Google’s commitment to educating the public about climate change, why would the company align its political efforts with Inhofe? In responding to criticism, a Google spokesperson acknowledged “while we disagree on climate change policy, we share an interest with Senator Inhofe in the employees and data center we have in Oklahoma.”
It ends by stating: “Google’s recent support for Senator Inhofe forces us to question the company’s commitment to science communication and to addressing climate change.”
At the time of the fundraiser a spokesperson for Google said that “while we disagree on climate change policy, we share an interest with Senator Inhofe in the employees and data center we have in Oklahoma.”
Schmidt also added in recent speech: “You can lie about the effects of climate change, but eventually you’ll be seen as a liar.”
There are numerous scientific studies that have shown climate change could see hundreds of million of people in Africa and Asia face starvation as well as the UK government revealing it could threaten the country’s Wi-Fi infrastructure.