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GM Signs “Climate Declaration”

Maker joins VW in addressing issues for climate change.

by on May.03, 2013

GM's rooftop solar array in Baltimore, Md., reflects its commitment to the environment.

General Motors has become the first automaker among 40 major U.S. companies to sign a “Climate Declaration” collectively asserting that responding to climate change is good business.

The campaign is organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres, a long-time critic of GM’s environmental positions over the years, and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy, or BICEP, coalition.

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Signers of the declaration, such as GM, are calling for policymakers to address climate change by promoting clean energy, boosting efficiency and limiting carbon emissions.


Green is Mean – and Really Unethical?

New study suggests selfish, dishonest side to environmentalism.

by on Mar.16, 2010

Does driving a high-mileage hybrid encourage motorists to develop "compensatory ethics"?

Ask any California motorist and they’ll tell you about the folks in the Prius hybrids.  For several years, the high-mileage vehicles qualified for special stickers that let them drive in the car pool lanes on local highways, even with just one person onboard.

“And you’d seem to find most of them driving well below the speed limit,” grumps Bill Tabor, an Orange County mid-level manager, who had to squeeze several colleagues into his low-mileage Honda Accord to get the same access.  “It was as if they suddenly were the authority, setting the speed that everyone else would have to drive.”

Frustrating, no question.  But according to a new study, it’s also no surprise.

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People who wear the “halo of green consumerism” may like to be seen as saving the planet, but they’re less likely to be kind to others and surprisingly likely to cheat and steal, according to a study by the Canadian psychologists Nina Mazar and Chen-Bo Zhong, who published their findings in the journal Psychological Science, under the title, “Do Green Products Make Us Better People?”

Apparently, the answer is not also a resounding no.