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Thu Jul 12, 2018, 07:06 PM

Exxon quits ALEC

Source: Think Progress

The oil giant is the latest to join a corporate exodus from the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council.

KYLA MANDEL JUL 12, 2018, 3:59 PM

Oil giant ExxonMobil will not be renewing its membership to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative, corporate-backed lobbying organization known for giving lawmakers template legislation. ALEC also has a long history of pushing laws that would undermine environmental protections and clean energy.

It’s unclear whether climate change was the issue that pushed Exxon to leave ALEC. However, its decision to quit the council reportedly comes after a public spat over climate change policy last December.

According to news reports, the dispute concerned a proposal by climate science denial groups such as the Heartland Institute to try and convince the government to drop the fact that climate change is a risk to human health. The group’s draft resolution against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) endangerment finding was ultimately squashed.

“The American Legislative Exchange Council values partnership with ExxonMobil and stakeholders across the business community,” ALEC said in a statement Thursday. “Organization government relations strategies change over time, and we have valued ExxonMobil’s work and leadership with ALEC on STEM education, among other issues.”

Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/exxon-quits-alec-lobbying-group-020c0ce2dad1/

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turbinetree Thursday OP
maxsolomon Thursday #1
Fred Sanders Friday #8
pecosbob Thursday #2
LividModerate Thursday #3
cp Thursday #4
hatrack Thursday #5
AZ8theist Thursday #7
highplainsdem Thursday #6

Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 07:12 PM

1. now people are learning what ALEC is

so time to GTFO before they're tarnished by association.

if that's even possible considering they're almost completely tarnished already.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 10:42 AM

8. Exxon has given millions to ALEC over the decades knowing exactly the evil they did with relish...

Now they flee because total denial of climate change having anything to do with human health was a monstrous lie too oily for even them?

Good start, I guess.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 07:17 PM

2. Is this like Ernst Blofeld quitting SPECTRE for not being evil enough?

Will they create their own new axis of evil?

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:54 PM

3. Eliminate the middleman.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:33 PM

4. Yay! this is big

Alec has done a LOT of damage in Wisconsin (cough, Wanker, ahem).

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:54 PM

5. BFD - one of the Kochs is retiring . . .

Charles Koch is 82, David Koch is 78.

They'll be dead soon, and the checkbook will shut, and the Koch name is pretty much radioactive at this point anyway.

So whoop-dee-fucking doo. 30 years and counting since Hansen went to the Hill, and they're withdrawing from a confab of blatant climate liars, as they look for some slightly less blatant climate liars to advance their interests.

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Response to hatrack (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:07 PM

7. Unfortunately...

Don't they spawns taking over their "portfolio" after they're dead? And these POS spawns are just as bad, if not worse than the fathers?

I'm not sure, but I think that may be the case. It reminds me of Uday and Qusay Trump taking over after Dotard keels over. Garbage stinks no matter when it putrefies....

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