There's a building conflict within corporations' shareholders: go green or go for the green (money). Environmental reponsibility or shareholder value. Save the planet, or get the money. Sadly the digit-heads who measure things don't put any value on clean air or survival of mankind. But then they could be right about the latter if you're a polar bear or passenger pigeon. "What's man ever done for earth anyway?" you might ask.
The very same business leaders who constantly moan about government regulations now blame the same U.S. government: "the federal government's failure to hammer out cohesive energy or carbon emissions plans has left a vacuum." That's according to a website owned by Rupert "get-the-feds-off-my back" Murdoch!
And now the poor overworked CEOs are having to make critical decisons without any government direction. And they're being hammered by conflicts among shareholders. Cut emissions. Give me the money. Stop polluting. Where's my dividend? Oh dear, what's a CEO to do? They can't all run for President where you can borrow endless billions, I guess.
Reportedly the CEOs were aghast, or at least agape, when confronted by activists on deforestation at a WSJ conference. Why can't the big shots be left to their self-congratulatory conferences without anybody asking impolite questions about pillage of resources and pollution of the planet? Really...