Washington Post, Amazon Owner Jeff Bezos Signs Climate Pledge, Drawing Scrutiny of Post’s Neutrality

As tech giants battle accusations of anti-conservative bias, Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos plunged into progressive activism and announced yesterday the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that Amazon would sign a “Climate Pledge,” to respond to the more than 1,500 Amazon employees threatened to strike for Global Climate Strike today–linking with employees from Google and Microsoft. The pledge is meant to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement 10 years early.

“Amazon will become the first signatory of the newly formed ‘Climate Pledge,’ a pact announced by company founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos on Thursday to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement 10 years early,” The Washington Post’s Rachel Siegel and Jay Greene reported. “Speaking in Washington with former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, Bezos said the agreement would require signatories to measure and report their emissions on a regular basis. The pledge would require companies to implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris agreement and calls on signatories to be at net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040. Any remaining carbon emissions would be neutralized with quantifiable and permanent offsets to achieve the pledge’s goal.”

The “Amazon Employees For Climate Justice” coalition rejoiced, tweeting: “Amazon’s Climate Pledge is a huge win for @AMZNforClimate & we’re thrilled at what workers have achieved in under a year. But we know it’s not enough. The Paris Agreement, by itself, won’t get us to a livable world. Today, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we’ll be in the streets.”

In addition to influencing consumer behavior through product purchasing suggestions, Amazon has been spending billions of dollars on original content, which further impacts Americans’ cultural attitudes. Bezos’s ownership of The Washington Post also raises questions about the Post’s neutrality in climate change reporting.


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Author: Carrie Sheffield

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