In 2011, I was lucky enough to join a terrific and talented group of scientists, journalists and Google employees at the company’s Mountain View Headquarters for a few days of intensive training on communicating science, with a healthy dose of using new media. This blog and my presence on twitter are a direct result of that memorable week. All of the science communication fellows were also thrilled to see Google choose to focus on climate change for their inaugural round of the program.
As such, we were both surprised and dismayed when Google proactively supported the reelection of Senator James Inhofe (as well as the fundraising efforts of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, another notorious opponent of progress on climate solutions). Today, most of the Google Science Communication Fellows released an open letter to the company asking them to reevaluate their support for Senator Inhofe. Four of us also wrote a longer essay stating that their support was not only morally questionable, it was quite possibly bad business.