August 20, 2007
What do you call titans of industry who influence governmental regulation to provide them with tax and subsidy incentives to make a business venture profitable?
They used to be called robber barons…now apparently they’re “eco-millionaires.” The NYT piece gives a brief overview of four such figures:
Bruce Khouri “did not found Solar Integrated until 2001 once tax and subsidy incentives made the market more attractive.”
Pedro Moura Costa says he “saw the carbon market could be big business and the Kyoto Protocol confirmed my views.”
According to David Scaysbrook, “tax breaks, subsidies and emissions caps had prompted even more conservative investors ‘to finally move off their perch.'”
And “Neil Eckert, chief executive of Climate Exchange, which runs the main European exchange for carbon trading, has shares worth about 18 million pounds ($36 million). Continue Reading...