Google’s controversial decision to fund the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was a “mistake,” company chairman Eric Schmidt admitted on Monday, saying the group is spreading lies about global warming and “making the world a much worse place.” In an interview on NPR’s Diane Rehm show, Schmidt said the free-market lobbying group’s anti-climate and anti-clean energy positions are harmful to future generations, and a bad investment idea for the company. “Everyone understands climate change is occurring and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place,” Schmidt said. “And so we should not be aligned with such people — they’re just, they’re just literally lying.” [Emily Atkin, Think Progress]Google is just one of scores of companies recently renouncing ALEC as a murder of Kochian crows.
The Natural Resources Defense Council called ALEC out in a press release linked here.
The South Dakota Republican Party's nominee for US Senate is expected to receive an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a Koch/ALEC cabal. Their candidate would seek the elimination of the US Department of Education: another Koch/ALEC bullet point.
Smells like the SDGOP war toilet is running over again.
State senator Dan Lederman is a flaming slimeball: he wields lawyers like the Adam Lanzas and the James Holmeses employ firearms.
Even the editorial board of the Pierre Capital Journal can't seem to get its head around it:
Heard any really bad ideas lately from the South Dakota Legislature? We have. If corporations want to whisper sweet nothings in the ears of South Dakota legislators, let them come to Pierre and follow the process our Legislature has set in place for lobbying. South Dakotans should not foot the bill so that our lawmakers can go off and flirt with ALEC.WNAX goes on:
Senator Dan Lederman of Dakota Dunes, a republican, has been a member of ALEC for some time. Some democratic legislators have called ALEC an “extremist group.”Note the small 'r' and the tiny 'd' in that print.
Apparently South Dakota voters love having their courts fielding frivolous lawsuits from party apparatchiks so there's no time for hearing grievances of environmental degradation visited on the state every day while burning up newspaper column inches that would otherwise cover red state collapse.
Wake the fuck up.
Yelp, Facebook, Google are the latest tech firms to dump ALEC http://t.co/frKP5ELq57 #ALECexposed
— ALEC Exposed (@ALECexposed) September 24, 2014
Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire - poised to buy senate house & state legislatures http://t.co/JRBQXI0mM0 via @rollingstone #mtpol
— Tom Glover (@BigSkyDem) September 26, 2014