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Google-eyed for Inhofe

Gazette staff July 31st, 2013

Some people are so grouchy. Just ask Google. The Internet giant is still taking heat over a July 11 campaign fundraiser it held for Oklahoma’s senior U.S. senator and reigning climate-change denier, James Inhofe, R- Tulsa. It seems some people are still bent out of shape over it, particularly since Google is renowned for its environmentalism and efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

Credit: Brad Gregg

Protesters gathered at Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters last week to present a 50,000-signature petition opposing the company’s cozy relationship with Inhofe, who calls manmade climate change “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”

(We think he’s letting Justin Bieber off the hook with that one, but whatev.)

A Google spokesman notes that the company disagrees with Inhofe on climate change, but that they share an interest in Oklahoma, where Google has invested some $700 million in two data centers.

Well, we declare! All this hullabaloo over little ol’ us? Why, you’re making us blush, kind sir.

Inhofe appears to be enjoying the rancor. A few days after the July 11 fundraiser, his campaign sent out an email urging folks to “join our fundraiser and upset the environmentalists by donating $25.”

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