It’s easy to see why some of the more environmentally friendly companies would leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) based on the council’s lies about climate change, but what about an oil company? In the wake of Microsoft, Google, Yelp and Yahoo’s recent departure from the council, Occidental Petroleum parted ways with ALEC after investors expressed concern about the anti-renewables group.
It’s easy to see why a company like Google – which accused the council of lying about climate change – would leave ALEC, since the company has made numerous investments in green energy. But you would assume that an oil company would rely on the type of anti-regulation that groups like ALEC champion. But Occidental Petroleum recently sent a letter to investors stating that, “[W]e discussed your concern that as a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the American Petroleum Institute, Occidental could be presumed to share the positions taken by those organizations on climate change and EPA regulations.”
Obviously this doesn’t mean that Occidental Petroleum has suddenly become a paragon of green energy, but it does mean that even oil companies are starting to see which way the wind is blowing. That’s amazing news, because if fossil fuel industries are moving away from the anti-science rhetoric, perhaps there is hope for other industries to follow.