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    she seems to have avoided engagement re climate issues (seems ... I am far from expert on her) ...

    Forbes interview shows a CEO rather cautiously speaking about cap & trade back in 2007

    How closely have you been following the climate-change legislation that is now being discussed in Congress?

    We haven't been involved in lobbying on legislation about the climate. We are a retailer, with 3.5 million active members of our co-op. And they represent a very, very broad array of political views. What we are doing rather than being involved politically on this is doing what we think is the right thing, and then being very willing to share with other businesses what we're doing ...

    In your view, what is the most important thing Congress can do to promote climate change?

    If we're going to have real change in this country, it has to be in people's economic self-interest to do the right thing. And there are various ways that one might accomplish that, but I think expecting voluntary changes that aren't in people's economic interest [are] probably not likely to make the kind of change that needs to happen. If it's in people's interest to invest in renewables and invest in clean technologies, I'm convinced it will happen.

    Do you support a "cap-and-trade" program, which would provide a market-based system for controlling carbon emissions?

    REI has not taken a position on cap-and-trade. I think cap-and-trade is very intriguing, and I think if you look at its application to [curbing] sulfur dioxide, you can say, "Here's a success story." So I think it's something that should be very seriously looked at.

    What does this mean almost six years later??? Don't really know.

    Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

    by A Siegel on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 11:11:08 AM PST

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