The Scandanavians are in the news for investing big in cleaning up the environment. IKEA, based in Sweden, announced it will spend one billion euros (1.13 billion dollars) over the next five years to address climate change. While in the U.S. a Think Progress analysis found that “over 58 percent” of congressional Republicans refuse to accept the science of climate change. Go figure. IKEA’s decision was partially the result of a survey taken last year with the finding that 41% of the store’s customers think the company “takes social and environmental responsibility.” Now that’s a refreshing change to some American companies that simply concentrate on polluting the environment.
Forbes magazine has published an article with 11 U.S. companies that are considered best for the environment. Among them are Seventh Generation and Go Lite, but there is also the other side…our country’s big polluters. Just recently Environment America released “Polluting Politics” a report that analyzes spending on federal lobbying and campaign contributions by companies releasing the most toxic chemicals into U.S. waterways. Guess who tops the list of water polluters who spend the most politically to prevent environmental policies? KOCH Industries. But they are just one; others include Tyson Foods, Dept. Of Defense, Cargill, U.S. Steel and Phillips 66. And these are only water polluters.
The environment has taken a series of hits that many climate scientists have said we cannot recover from if we don’t do something now. With a GOP Congress that won’t pass any laws opposed by big business, there is little hope we will ever clean up this mess.