A top virtual reality developer was fired from Facebook after being forced by company founder Mark Zuckerberg to ‘apologize’ for supporting Donald Trump for President in the 2016 election, the Wall Street Journal has revealed.
Software developer Palmer Luckey alleges that he was placed on leave and subsequently fired by Zuckerberg for his political views. Apparently, the tech oligarch had tried to force Luckey to specifically disavow Trump by encouraging him to release a statement supporting Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
Despite Zuckerberg’s assertions that he wasn’t fired for his political views- including in testimony to Congress, responding to a question from Texas Senator Ted Cruz- email evidence suggests that Luckey was at least punished for his political views by Facebook. The Wall Street Journal published an excerpt of an email from Facebook Deputy General Counsel Paul Grewal, in which he walks Luckey through at least one draft of an ‘apology’ for support of Donald Trump.
Another point of controversy for the snowflake employees of Facebook was the matter of Luckey’s $10,000 donation to a PAC called NimbleAmerica, an entity that sought to troll Hillary Clinton throughout the 2016 election.
Evidently Facebook employees had been complaining to company leadership with the hopes of seeing a prominent Silicon Valley Trump supporter punished in some form, and some even refused to work with him. Luckey’s duties for Facebook mainly consisted of developing Oculus Rift, a head-mounted virtual reality display. It seemed that being somewhat of a subdued Trump was supporter was even too much for the San Francisco liberal elite sensibilities of the Facebook community.
Luckey seems to have walked away from this with some sort of a last laugh, however- according to the Wall Street Journal’s report, he negotiated a $100 million exit settlement with the corporate tech oligarchs of Menlo Park.
As Biden Eyes “Transition Away” From Fossil Fuels, Pennsylvania is Second-Largest Natural Gas Producer in US
Destroying Pennsylvanian jobs.
Joe Biden’s announcement that he plans on a “transition away” from the use of fossil fuels as an energy source may not go over smoothly with the people of Pennsylvania- a state that has scored as the second largest producer of natural gas anywhere in the country.
Joe Biden admitted at the Thursday debate that he plans to “transition away from the oil industry,” citing pollution.
Joe Biden says he will "transition from the oil industry" pic.twitter.com/0TgtYhhLEZ
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 23, 2020
The United States Energy Information Administration identifies a considerable 20.0% of national natural gas production as coming from the state of Pennsylvania, making it the second biggest producer behind Texas. The state punches well above its weight in doing so, producing almost as much natural gas as Texas despite having less than half of its population.
Biden has sought to dismiss his track record of support for the banning of fracking oil extraction, employing a similar thinly veiled rhetorical trick by stating he’d only decline to allow any new fracking.
The energy industry continues to be a source of gainful, family-supporting employment for over ten million Americans. It’s not an option to “transition away” from the use of fossil fuels in the immediate future- a fact Biden tacitly admitted to after the debate suggestion, perhaps indicating that he realized the political folly of the statement.
Biden also said he’s talking about “getting rid of the subsidies for fossil fuels. But we’re not going to get rid of fossil fuels for a long time.”
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 23, 2020
A study from the American Petroleum Industry indicates that more than 322,000 Pennsylvanians are employed by the natural gas industry that Biden wants to transition away from.
Pennsylvania is shaping up as the most critical swing state in the election, and in nearly every plausible election night scenario the winner of the state’s 20 electoral votes secures the 270 needed to win the election.
Perhaps Joe Biden should transition away from national politics, and leave policy answers relating to carbon emissions, the environment and a strong energy industry to those more considerate of the role of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania and around the country.
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