Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hidden From View

Here's a snippet from a news article that speaks volumes about how what you see is not always all there is to see.
Some of America's largest emitters of heat-trapping gases, including businesses that publicly support efforts to curb global warming, don't want the public knowing exactly how much they pollute.

Oil producers and refiners, along with manufacturers of steel, aluminum and even home appliances, are fighting a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency that would make the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that companies release — and the underlying data businesses use to calculate the amounts — available online...
What should this revelation tell us? That the corporate world isn't as serious about combating global warming as they would like us to believe!

Think about this. If your business is working hard to try to mitigate the crap you spew into the air, water and ground, what genuine objection would you have in regard to the release of this data? You could point to the areas in which your efforts have been successful AND you could explain the other areas you are working hard to lessen. It would provide you with a superb vehicle to win greater public support.

Of course, if the amount of pollutants your enterprise is spewing is far greater than your manufactured image, then I could easily see why you would raise objections. You wouldn't want the public to know that there is a wide chasm between your words and actions.

Hmm. Kind of like a lot of politicians these days.

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