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Google has made ‘substantial’ donations to climate change deniers, according to reports.

Although the company says it supports political action on the climate breakdown, The Guardian has listed groups described as ‘beneficiaries of [Google’s] political giving’ which take an anti-environmental stance.

Active campaigning

These take the form of groups ‘that have campaigned against climate legislation, questioned the need for action, or actively sought to roll back Obama-era environmental protections’.

A notable inclusion is Washington D.C.-based think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), which persuaded Donald Trump to abandon the Paris agreement.

Another is the State Policy Network (SPN), some of whose members have created what they call a ‘climate pledge’ which states that there ‘is no climate crisis’.

‘Not endorsement’

Google has defended the contributions by saying that ‘collaborating’ with organizations does not equal ‘endorsing their entire agenda’.

“Our position on climate change is similarly clear. Since 2007, we have operated as a carbon-neutral company and for the second year in a row, we reached 100 percent renewable energy for our global operations,” a spokesperson added.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.