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.
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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