Correction: Patagonia-Environmental Donation story
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 28 about a donation from Patagonia, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jon Tester was the challenger for one of Montana’s senate seats. Tester was an incumbent.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Patagonia gives GOP tax windfall to environmental groups
Patagonia to give $10 million from GOP tax cut windfall to environmental organizations
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Patagonia, the outdoor gear company, is passing along the $10 million it saved from tax cuts to non-profit environmental groups.
Corporations received a windfall from the GOP’s sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code last year, which slashed corporate rates from 35 percent, to 21 percent.
The California company said Wednesday that the donation is in addition to 1 percent of sales it gives to environmental groups every year. The donation is being made on the heels of the recent National Climate Assessment, which Patagonia cited in its announcement.
“Our government continues to ignore the seriousness and causes of the climate crisis. It is pure evil,” said Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia’s founder. “We need to double down on renewable energy solutions. We need an agriculture system that supports small family farms and ranches, not one that rewards chemical companies intent on destroying our planet and poisoning our food. And we need to protect our public lands and waters because they are all we have left.”
The report warned that natural disasters are worsening in the U.S. because of global warming. It said violent weather and floods have led to costs of nearly $400 billion since 2015 and the potential for annual losses hundreds of billions of dollars.
Though economists agree with the general financial conclusions related to climate change, President Donald Trump has rejected the report’s assessment regarding the potential economic impact.
Patagonia, based in Ventura, California, has joined a flurry of lawsuits challenging Trump’s decision to chop up two large national monuments in Utah. It also endorsed Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana and Sen.-elect Jacky Rosen of Nevada, both who won. The company described them as champions of public lands and the outdoor industry.