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Tell UPS: Stop funding ALEC

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The petition to UPS CEO David P. Abney reads:

"UPS must stop funding ALEC's climate change denial, anti-environmental advocacy and right-wing extremist agenda."

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    Tell UPS: Stop funding ALEC

    This week, corporate lobbyists and right-wing legislators will come together for one of the most secretive closed-door political events of the year: the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The shadowy, far-right organization is notorious for promoting climate change denial and pro-corporate policies harmful to workers, the environment, public education and consumers.

    Thanks to the activism of hundreds of thousands of people in the progressive movement – including CREDO Action members – dozens of corporations have quit ALEC in recent years because of the group's extreme stances. The high-profile companies that have quit ALEC and help make it toxic include blue chip brands such as Google and eBay that called out ALEC's climate change denial. But one familiar brand continues to fund ALEC: UPS. Despite claiming to have a commitment to sustainability, what UPS is actually sustaining is one of the most harmful anti-climate groups in the United States.

    Tell UPS: Stop funding ALEC and its extremist right-wing agenda.

    UPS claims to be a leader in sustainable shipping and a pro-environment company, giving millions of dollars to environmental organizations, planting trees and switching to cleaner fuels.1 But this stance is completely at odds with funding ALEC, which has a long track record of promoting climate change denial2 and anti-climate policies.3

    This year, one of ALEC's top agenda items is an attempt to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2009 "endangerment finding," a policy statement that acknowledges that greenhouse gases threaten human health.4 Because the endangerment finding is the legal justification for the Clean Power Plan and other government efforts to fight climate change, getting rid of it is a key priority for the anti-climate right wing.5

    UPS is on ALEC's "Energy, Environment and Agriculture" task force, the pro-fossil fuel committee that will decide on the resolution at this week's meeting. If ALEC adopts the resolution to oppose the endangerment finding, state and federal legislators will use the resolution as a model to fight the endangerment finding themselves. Their ultimate goal is to block any government action on climate – a disaster for us all.

    UPS is funding ALEC's long-term strategy to dismantle our environmental protections and block climate action. The company can't have it both ways: either it gives up its claim to be an environmentally friendly company or it leaves ALEC – now.

    Tell UPS: Stop funding ALEC and its extremist right-wing agenda.

    References:

    1. United Parcel Service, "2016 Sustainability Fact Sheet," accessed Nov. 30, 2017.
    2. Center for Media and Democracy et al., "ALEC's climate change denial: Their speakers," accessed Nov. 30, 2017.
    3. Center for Media and Democracy et al., "ALEC's climate change denial: Their agenda," accessed Nov. 30, 2017.
    4. Zack Colman, "Climate civil war brewing at ALEC, E&E News, Nov. 15, 2017.
    5. Dana Nuccitelli, "Climate contrarians want to endanger the EPA climate endangerment finding," The Guardian, May 2, 2017.