Find the latest episode of "This Is Uncomfortable" here. Listen
The Greenwash Brigade

Talk about strange bedfellows: Dow Chemical & Greenpeace on cap and trade

Jim Nicolow Jul 14, 2009

We’ve had Dow Chemical in the Greenwash Brigade’s crosshairs in the past, so climate change skeptics chew on this: Greenpeace AND Dow Chemical are BOTH calling for action to combat global climate change. Greenpeace activists scaled Mount Rushmore on July 8th calling for President Obama to show leadership. That’s hardly surprising.

(Here’s a picture of the unfurled banner, via solveclimate.com🙂

But the next day Rich Wells, the VP of Energy at Dow Chemical also encouraged congress to pass a cap and trade program to fight climate change, stating, “We believe the cost of inaction will far exceed the cost of comprehensive, far-ranging and expeditious action today.” Wells rightly expects that taking action can be good for the environment AND business.

Dow Chemical AND Greenpeace calling for action? It’s time to wake up, climate change skeptics. You’re as relevant as the Flat Earth Society.

Marketplace is on a mission.

We believe Main Street matters as much as Wall Street, economic news is made relevant and real through human stories, and a touch of humor helps enliven topics you might typically find…well, dull.

Through the signature style that only Marketplace can deliver, we’re on a mission to raise the economic intelligence of the country—but we don’t do it alone. We count on listeners and readers like you to keep this public service free and accessible to all. Will you become a partner in our mission today?

Your donation is critical to the future of public service journalism. Support our work today – for as little as $5 – and help us keep making people smarter.