Yesterday in an interview on the Diane Rhem Show, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt announced that Google will pull its support form the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Speaking about ALEC, Eric Schmidt said: “The facts of climate change are not in question anymore. 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. And so we should not be aligned with such people — they’re just, they’re just literally lying.”
Google’s support of ALEC was challenged in a shareholder resolution at the company’s May stockholders’ meeting. The resolution was led by Walden Asset Management and cofiled by the UUA and others. The debate at the meeting was a vigorous one. Chairman Eric Schmidt responded that the company would review their ALEC ties. This announcement is the outcome of that effort.