When You Remove the Politics, Climate Science Makes Business Sense
The Seattle Times
Several Republican presidential candidates — Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the fore — are dismissing climate change as a concoction of misguided or self-serving scientists.
But a growing number of Main Street and regional business leaders, types often viewed as Republican-leaning, are taking the issue ever-more seriously, if not to save the world, at least to serve their bottom lines.
Each year the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, Partners for Livable Communities and the Institute for Sustainable Development give out "Green Plus" awards to local chambers and communities that have launched exemplary, communitywide efforts to "go green" with varieties of carbon-saving initiatives. Winners for 2011 include Cleveland, Chattanooga, Tenn., Savannah, Ga., North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Gatlinburg, Tenn.