Longtime readers of Learning Curve know that I have a great deal of interest in climate science (Visualizing Climate Data in Phase Space). So it was with great dismay that I saw the recent Heartland Institute billboard campaign comparing climate scientists with terrorists. As a Microsoft employee, it was distressing to see Microsoft associated with this kind of misleading message, so I’m glad to hear from Steve Lippman, Director of Corporate Citizenship:
Microsoft’s Commitment to Addressing Climate Change
…[A] recent controversy over climate change denial advertising by a nonprofit that received software licenses under our program are prompting us to be a little more specific.
Microsoft believes climate change is a serious issue that demands immediate, worldwide attention and we are acting accordingly. We are pursuing strategies and taking actions to reduce our own impact as well as the impact of our products. In addition, Microsoft has adopted a broad policy statement on climate change that expresses support for government action to address climate change.
The Heartland Institute does not speak for Microsoft on climate change. In fact, the Heartland Institute’s position on climate change is diametrically opposed to Microsoft’s position. And we completely disagree with the group’s inflammatory and distasteful advertising campaign.