Arnold, I appreciate your perspective you share here. The people who build and sustain businesses even in California, with mindfulness towards the environment are the people I admire the most. They are the businesses that create products I want to buy and use, because at least they are thinking about striking a balance between profits and having a place to live at the end of the day.
Sometimes I wonder if it is even possible to create wealth without destroying our home, the Earth. I believe it is possible. We just haven’t figure out how to do that yet, but I believe we will reach a point where, like nature, we must recycle everything, reuse everything, and waste nothing.
Environmental regulation of business by government is a requirement because, as many of us learned in 2008, business has a difficult time regulating itself. Until the business community can begin to grow up and notice that public goods can create value every bit as much as innovation adds value to stock, consumers and employees will find themselves at odd with business interests. The environment is a public good, and preservation of the environment is vital to our well being.
I am glad to at last see a Republican (and a famous one at that) starting to talk sense about the economy and the ecology upon which the economy depends. Thank you for being a rational Republican, and being willing to speak up for the air, water and soil that we breathe, drink and grow our food from, respectively.