Beware “Big Green”

The trope goes that Republicans are in bed with Big Business. This collusion is always at the expense of Joe Sixpack (or in liberal circles, Gavin Pelligrino).

But along with the Gore-induced enviro-frenzy, other opportunists have arisen to get a piece of the pie.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Some business leaders are cozying up with politicians and scientists to demand swift, drastic action on global warming. This is a new twist on a very old practice: companies using public policy to line their own pockets.

The tight relationship between the groups echoes the relationship among weapons makers, researchers and the U.S. military during the Cold War. President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned about the might of the “military-industrial complex,” cautioning that “the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” He worried that “there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties.”

You would be led to believe that the debate is between grass roots environmentalists and pure scientists vs. bought off mouthpieces for “Big Oil”. But, of course, that is an oversimplification that folks like Katie Couric would like to you believe.

Case in point:

The world’s largest wind-turbine manufacturer, Copenhagen Climate Council member Vestas, urges governments to invest heavily in the wind market. It sponsors CNN’s “Climate in Peril” segment, increasing support for policies that would increase Vestas’s earnings. A fellow council member, Mr. Gore’s green investment firm Generation Investment Management, warns of a significant risk to the U.S. economy unless a price is quickly placed on carbon.

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