I found this post on WP.. and thought it interesting enough to just simply copy it.. rather than pretend to present it..http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=2228816
.....Climate change has become more divisive than I could have believed possible. Here is a huge company that makes billions of dollars from renewables and energy efficient products, yet it cannot use climate change as part of its sales.
General Electric Succumbs to Climate-Deniers
We received an email titled, Leading Free-Market Activists Score Major Concession on Global Warming.
The email comes from the National Center for Public Policy Research, which is congratulating itself for convincing General Electric (GE) to never again initiate projects for the purpose of controlling carbon emissions.
Why? Because they might spend money that takes away from maximum corporate profits.
Touting themselves as "free market" defenders, they have spent years going to shareholder meetings, conducting media campaigns and protests to get GE to stop "green energy cheerleading."
"For years, GE has been the poster boy for crony capitalism and corporate America's green energy cheerleader. Now, GE shareholders have confirmation that the company's strategies will henceforth be led by true market forces and not by blind adherence to global warming zealotry," says Justin Danhof, director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project.
What's the crony capitalism? The fact that GE, along with 6000 corporations, have pushed President Obama (and Bush before him) to address climate change by emphasizing renewable energy and passing national climate change legislation.
That, by the way, benefits GE as it vies for the position of the world's leading wind turbine manufacturer.
Last year, the group managed to get GE's Board of Directors to revise its Corporate Social Responsibility policy so that the company can't "undertake any energy savings or sustainability project for the sole goal of seeking carbon dioxide emissions reductions due to climate change concerns, except as required by law."
At GE's 2011 shareholder meeting, the group tried to oust CEO Jeff Immelt because he supported national cap-and-trade legislation, President Obama's stimulus bill (Recovery Act) and national health care legislation. They also gave GE a lashing because it supported phasing out inefficient light bulbs, "which was pushed on the public as an anti-global warming measure."
Since GE makes light bulbs, it materially benefits from the move to more efficient lighting.
"For the past quarter-century, government and corporate efforts have plowed billions into the promotion and exploitation of the human-caused catastrophic global warming theory," says Amy Ridenour, Chair of the National Center for Public Policy Research. "The result has been higher taxes, greater deficits, higher prices, job loss and greater government control over our daily lives -
all in service of a theory based on computer models that are not coming true.
Yes, they blame all of that on the so-far feeble attempts to address climate change.
"More and more people around the world are waking up to the fact that the global warming theory is about hot air, all right, but that a startlingly high percentage of that hot air is coming from people pushing the theory, not hardworking people going about their daily business. Slowly but surely, the expensive, job-killing and liberty-encroaching global warming leviathan is being defeated. We commend General Electric for taking this step and encourage other corporations to follow its lead," Ridenour says.