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Microsoft Backs Carbon Tax With Republican-Aligned Climate Group

April 16, 2019, 12:58 PM

Microsoft Corp. is joining a climate advocacy group backed by big energy corporations and high-profile Republicans, an effort by the software giant to find middle ground on environmental issues that have polarized U.S. politics.

Brad Smith, president of Microsoft Corp., speaks during the New Work Summit in Half Moon Bay, California, on  Feb. 26, 2019. 
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The Redmond, Wash.-based company said it will back the Climate Leadership Council to push for a carbon tax, while accelerating a pledge to use more green energy in its data centers.

The group’s founding members include many of the largest oil companies, such as Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc, and BP Plc. Former Republican Secretary of State James Baker; Hank Paulson, Treasury secretary...

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