If you want a quick glimpse into why our political system is broken in this country, just consider Google’s recent decision to host a campaign fundraiser for the infamous climate-change denier U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe.
On Thursday, Google Washington hosted a $250 to $2,500 luncheon for the ultra-conservative Republican who believes global warming is a liberal hoax. Google, one of the main cutting edge technology companies of its era, is known as a company that supports environmental issues and renewable energy sources.
So what gives?
According to a Google spokesman it just came down to basic lobbying and politics. “We regularly host fundraisers for candidates, on both sides of the aisle, but that doesn’t mean we endorse all of their positions. And while we disagree on climate change policy, we share an interest with Senator Inhofe in the employees and data center we have in Oklahoma,” the spokesman said.
Let’s follow the logic. A company that supports so-called “green” issues helps a politician who has done more than anyone in the world to cast doubt on the basic science of climate change because it wants to protect its monetary investments in a particular state. It’s not about principles or what’s right. It’s about money, and we’re all supposed to casually accept this as a reality that can’t be changed. It’s just politics. Get over it.
Environmentalists protested the luncheon, but what can anyone really do? Stop using the Google search engine or Gmail?
Meanwhile, on the same day Google feted the world’s most well-known global warming denier, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a report warning of continued disruption of energy supplies because of climate change. The report, titled “U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather,” shows how rising temperatures and sea levels, along with an increase in severe weather events, will affect our access to energy and water supplies in the future.
Will Inhofe dismiss the report as just part of the huge “hoax” of climate change? Probably. Is this really someone Google wants to help reelect?