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SAP Leaves ALEC Over Global Warming Denial

The blow is especially harsh as ALEC's corporate board was chaired by SAP lobbyist Steve Seale.
SAP Leaves ALEC Over Global Warming Denial
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It's all too little too late, of course, but businesses are finally acknowledging the severe threat global warming presents to their future. Huffington Post:

The tech exodus from the American Legislative Exchange Council continues, with German software giant SAP ending its membership in the anti-climate lobbying group. The blow is especially harsh as ALEC's corporate board was chaired by SAP lobbyist Steve Seale.

SAP's departure comes in the wake of Google, Microsoft,Facebook, and other tech companies leaving in quick succession this fall.

German business journal Manager Magazin reported the departure on Wednesday. "We have decided that we will leave the organization today," an SAP spokeswoman told the magazine.The spokeswoman told Manager that the company abandoned ALEC because of its "merkw├╝rdigen" (odd) positions -- such as its support for Stand Your Ground laws, climate denial, and opposition to solar energy deployment. Germany's state-supported solar-power renaissance is in stark contrast to the United States, in no small part because of the work ALEC has done for decades to oppose renewable energy.

SAP, which touts its sustainability leadership, is a major producer of smart-grid andenergy-efficiency solutions. Unlike ALEC, SAP is unambiguous about the threat of fossil-fueled climate change, saying that "with the dangers and costs of global warming and rising carbon dioxide levels, and it's clear that increased energy efficiency is an absolute must."

At the UN Climate Summit in New York City this September, SAP signed on to the World Bank effort calling for a global price on carbon pollution.


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