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DuPont, Zurich Chase $135 Billion Climate Market as Warming Forces Change

by on November 28, 2010

Crops better able to resist drought can help DuPont expand its $8.2 billion agriculture business, according to Jim Borel, vice president in charge of seed operations for the Wilmington, Delaware-based company, the world’s second-biggest seed maker behind Monsanto Co.

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so how can we go green when the greening companies want to sell more to recover costs?

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  1. I think that maximizing profits is what corporations do, just as humans breathe and create and behave irrationally. Corporations can not, and will not, sacrifice their short-term profit opportunities for the sake of global sustainability unless bludgeoned into doing so by one government or another. Great, altruistic mobilizations of industry, such as the US effort in WWII, were run by government in antithesis to the currently deified free markets.

    The idea that any business activity is “green” seems profoundly silly to me. We can not use nice-sounding incremental improvements to save our ecosystems from human greed and overpopulation. As I recently heard it said, one can’t lobby or negotiate with nature. Our marketing gibberish has no beneficial effect on our environment regardless of how it might appeal to upscale humans addicted to excessive consumption.

    To me, expecting business to turn around our idiotic self-destructive patterns is expecting pigs to grow wings and fly. Talmudic teachings tell us that the person who repeats a lie does more harm than the one who created it. Consider the harm we all do by giving coin to the doubletalk of “green business” and its fallacious premise that our species will become sustainable if people can earn nice profits through opportunities that do marginally less obvious harm to our environment.

    A nation whose leadership has lacked the common sense and courage to impose a $1.00 per gallon tax on gasoline to help fund a transition from fossil fuels can not hope to avoid massive disasters over the next 10-40 years. The fact that such a simple step is politically “unthinkable” is ample evidence of the need to dramatically move away from silly “green-think” attitudes and towards massive efforts for disaster planning and control. End of rant.

  2. Doug, I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving weekend.

    After seeing your post regarding “The Value of Nothing”, I found a copy on Friday and started reading this weekend. Just finished Part One last night. A helpful and informative book … thanks for mentioning it! It relates somewhat to (and is complementary with) a project that I just finished and, at some point, would enjoy discussing with you. And they both relate to your question here, in the present post.

    Have you read it yet, i.e., “The Value of Nothing”?

    In any case, I’ll send you some thoughts re MAHB later this week.

    Cheers, and thanks for these great and informative posts.

    Be Well,

    Jeff

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