Last week President Trump announced that the United States was pulling out of the Paris Peace Accords and dispensing with the worldwide farce of trying to counter global warming through the destruction of U.S. productivity. And in response to his announcement, many in corporate America, especially from over in Silicon Valley, publicly crucified the President as being someone who cares little about the environment, and of course, the future of our children.
But the greatest irony in all of this is that these same CEO’s who sought to be holier than thou in blaming Trump for crushing their dream of a green future, are the very same ones who have done little or nothing on their own to lower their carbon footprint, and instead show their great hypocrisy by blaming the government for not funding their liberal green agendas.
The irony of the “green” movement of US companies is that many of the firms that spend the most money and public relations effort trying to show the government, the public, and their shareholders that they are trying to improve the environment are also among the most prolific polluters in the country. Pollution does not mean that the companies are doing anything illegal. Instead, it simply refers to natural consequence of the companies’ industrial efforts which result in contamination to the air, soil or water by the discharge of substances that are toxic to the environment.
24/7 Wall St. has put together a list of the Top Ten Greenwashers in America. There may be some large companies that are greater polluters than these firms. There may be other corporations that do more to promote their pro-environment credentials. But those can be counted on two hands.
1) General Electric (GE)
2) American Electric Power (AEP)
3) ExxonMobil (XOM)
4) DuPont (DU)
5) Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
6) Waste Management, Inc. (WMI)
7) International Paper (IP)
8) BP (BP)
9) Dow Chemical (DOW)
10) General Motors (GM) – 24/7 Wall Street
Of course we couldn’t write an article on the hypocrisy of the global warming movement without mentioning Hollywood, or perhaps the biggest hypocrite himself in Al Gore.
The bottom line is that domestic and multi-national corporations do not need the U.S. government to implement new regulations on cutting down carbon emissions or to move towards greener forms of alternative energy. And there is nothing stopping corporate America, Wall Street, or Silicon Valley from dipping into their own pockets to create the next green energy source, and the newest technologies that will not only improve life on this planet for the future, but satisfy their agendas to rid the world of that phantom monster called climate change.
But sadly, these paper billionaires never want to spend their own money, and to them if the taxpayers don’t foot the bill, then it must be time for the #hashtags to come out to blame Donald Trump for not falling in line behind their failed political agendas.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for The Daily Economist, Secretsofthefed.com, Roguemoney.net, and Viral Liberty, and hosts the popular youtube podcast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.