The American Legislative Exchange Council, a free-market organization made up of state legislators and major corporations, is pushing back against public criticism of its stance on global warming.
"ALEC recognizes that climate change is an important issue," 156 state legislators who belong to the organization wrote Wednesday in a letter to Google executives. "No ALEC model policy denies climate change."
The letter is a rebuke of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, who accused ALEC of "just literally lying" about climate change in an interview earlier this week. Schmidt announced that the tech giant will sever ties with the group as a result.
But what does ALEC really think about climate science? Despite assertions that the organization does not deny climate change, ALEC supports policy that distorts the scientific consensus on man-made global warming.
Here's an excerpt from ALEC's model legislation on climate change:
The legislature finds and declares that: (A) Human activity has and will continue to alter the atmosphere of the planet. (B) Such activity may lead to demonstrable changes in climate, including a warming of the planetary mean temperature. (C) Such activity may lead to deleterious, neutral, or possibly beneficial climatic changes.
It's a far cry from outright denial that the climate is changing. But the legislation suggests uncertainty over whether human activity is the cause of global warming.