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The Sierra Club released a new web tool, ALEC Supporters, which tells users in real time whether the companies they come across online are tied to the extreme agenda of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Some of the organizations which the app highlights include UPS, State Farm and Pfizer (a Private Enterprise Council Member of ALEC) (a Private Enterprise Council Member of ALEC).
ALEC is a highly controversial right-wing policy organization that promotes policies and legislation designed to thwart the growth of clean energy and climate action at the state level and at times disguised as free-market initiatives.
These legislative templates are often designed to gut existing protections for our nation's environment, unions, consumers and public health. Some of the safeguards under threat include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which ALEC has consistently attacked.
Given ALEC’s poor record on climate change, renewable energy and public health standards, it is important for consumers, investors and concerned citizens to understand who is affiliated with the organization.
“ALEC is determined to thwart or eliminate essential environmental safeguards that protect clean air, clean water and our climate,” Melinda Pierce, Sierra Club legislative director, said. “This new web tool educates users, including consumers, investors and concerned citizens, about which major corporations are standing in the way of public health and progress to tackle the climate crisis by affiliating with ALEC.”
You can download the extension here.
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