I have always maintained that it will be business and not policymakers nor civil society which will take leadership in our transition to sustainability and in the fight against climate change. Of course, even the most resource-enlightened businesses still have a long way to go in terms of changing their business models to the new economic and ecological reality of limits but there are encouraging signs that change is happening.
One of the interesting developments is the shifting of climate alliances in the US.
In recent weeks, several utilities have left trade associations because of the anti-climate-policy stance of these interest groups (see “Companies desert the climate deniosphere”).
It is tragic that this is happening at the same time when we start seeing a public backlash against the first feeble efforts of politicians to tax carbon or create new climate instruments (see the French debate on the carbon tax).