Google faces environmentalists’ ire over Inhofe fundraiser

By Rachel Weiner, Published: July 11

Google has spent years building a reputation as a company that cares about the environment, investing in solar energy, climate research, and wind farms.

One of those wind farms is in Oklahoma, which helps explain why the company is holding a fundraiser in Washington for Jim Inhofe (R), perhaps the Senate’s most ardent skeptic of climate change. But environmentalists aren’t pleased; the group Forecast the Facts, along with Greenpeace, is protesting outside Google’s Washington headquarters during Thursday’s event. The protest will be broadcast live here:

The lunch will raise contributions of $250 to $2,500 for Inhofe.

“It’s embarrassing that a company that prides itself on innovation and technology is associating itself with the extreme views of Senator Inhofe, who is unabashedly dismissive of climate science,” said Jeff Gohringer of the League of Conservation Voters.

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