“It is a shame that you would harm this working relationship by falsely attacking ALEC, an organization of which we are proud,” they wrote in the letter.
The organization understands the importance of climate change, they said, but strongly opposes government intervention.
“Indeed, no ALEC model policy denies climate change; however, the organization does maintain model policy designed to address the scientific and economic aspects of the issue of climate change,” they say. “The organizations that pressured you consistently conflate climate change denial with having significant concerns over government mandates, subsidies and climate regulations. To ALEC, nothing is more anathema than the government picking winners and losers.”
The letter also describes the decision as “short-sighted” and laments the loss of Google’s perspective in its policy debates.
In his Monday interview, Schmidt said Google would not affiliate with the organization in the future and accused it of lying: “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 literally lying.”
Since then, Yelp and Facebook have announced that they, too, have reconsidered their relationship with ALEC. Yelp said in a Wednesday statement that it dropped its membership after it achieved its goal of adding a bill to ALEC’s model library that makes it more difficult for businesses to sue consumers over negative online reviews. Facebook said it had worked with ALEC to change its views “on some key issues,” but since progress seems unlikely, “we are not likely to renew our membership in 2015,” a spokesman said in an e-mailed statement.