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Google Employees Protest Oil Deals

Over 1,100 Google employees have signed their names to a petition protesting the company’s dealings with oil and gas companies. 

In the latest pushback against Google’s business dealings, employees are calling on the company to commit to getting rid of “contracts to enable or accelerate the extraction of fossil fuels.” Currently, Google’s cloud division has contracts with oil industry giants, including Chevron. It also wants Google to have zero carbon emissions by 2030, which employees at Microsoft and Amazon have also demanded from those companies. 

The petition adds to the chorus of tech employees who have called on their employers to take serious steps to combat climate change. In September, employees from Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Google temporarily walked off the job to protest their companies’ climate policies. Last year, Google employees also pressured the company over a contract to help the Pentagon develop artificial intelligence software to analyze drone footage. Google later said it wouldn’t renew the contract. 

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