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THE CRC: CLIMATE CHANGE & TECH REGULATION

THE CRC

Every annual occurrence of natural disasters becomes fodder for climate change discussions. The tech industry avoids regulation and scrutiny other industries with similar impact face. Maybe that should change. 

CAN WE REDUCE THE POLITICAL HYSTERIA IN WEATHER COVERAGE?

Hurricanes are a natural occurrence. Destructive, dangerous, and expensive natural disasters. Politicians, especially those in the progressive sect of the Democratic Party, exploit these events to push controversial public policies, which would not prevent the occurrence of hurricanes. 

Reducing emissions and improving sustainability is an important social goal. There needs to substantive ideas and proposals that balance the need for protecting economic growth with environmental protection. To this point, this balance is not included on any proposal. 

The political strategy for many Democrats is to make radical claims then label anyone who disagrees an eco-terrorist. People should not have to choose between providing for their families and longshot hopes of sunny days. People should not have to accept pain as public policy. 

DO GOVERNMENTS REALLY NEED TO STEP UP REGULATION TECH COMPANIES?

The honeymoon phase for many tech companies is rightly for over. For far too long, Silicon Valley avoided the level of scrutiny and disgust commonly experienced other industries, like those based on Wall Street. Consumer privacy issues and political improprieties is bringing greater attention to the behaviors of these corporate giants.

Banking and other financial products can be complex and deceptive. But, more people generally know how these products operate than understand how their personal data is used and taken by tech companies. Global consumer privacy issues created concern for governments domestic and abroad. Data management by these companies is highly complex, which requires greater transparency. 

The impact of tech companies on our elections is not simply through their political donations, but through ad sales and political bias in user suppression. The abundance of fake news outlets using common tech apps was a black eye for firms like Facebook in 2016. Moreover, tech companies, like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, are receiving scrutiny with clear cases of political bias in their algorithm and operations in treatment of conservatives and non-liberals. 

Tech companies have avoided scrutiny, and taxes, for too long. Anti-competitive behaviors and improprieties that are not acceptable in other industries should not be acceptable in tech either.