• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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    Jackie Ricciardi is a staff photojournalist at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. She has worked as a staff photographer at newspapers that include the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Ga., and at Seacoast Media Group in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was twice named New Hampshire Press Photographer of the Year.   Profile

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There are 3 comments on Fixing Climate Change Is Good Business, Whatever President Trump Says

  1. Wonderful.
    Soli was developed at BU as an agent of change for the environment by using a consumer shopping inventive that retires carbon dioxide as people shop, no matter the content of the goods or services. “It Pays to Save the Planet” tm see http://www.SoliPoints.com
    This is expected to become a consumer movement demanding enlightened policies and practices on carbon remediation.

  2. Hi,

    Nice write up. I like the way you ended it:
    “That’s one of the reasons we’re here, to steal ideas,” he said, adding, with British politeness, “I hope you don’t mind.”

    It would also be great if you could cite some of the critics of the current process, such as Nathan Phillips and 350Mass:

    Nathan Phillips (@nathanpboston) tweeted at 9:42 AM on Mon, Jun 11, 2018:
    talk is cheap. Climate rhetoric without action can be even worse than denial. #walkthetalkonclimate https://t.co/v6j0DYRuJo

    350Masss:
    Proud to have Boston Mayor @marty_walsh in this top 10, but that doesn’t excuse his inaction on the issue! When are you going to #WalkTheTalkOnClimate Marty? #USCM2018 #fossilfree #BostonCCE
    (https://twitter.com/nathanpboston/status/1006169872928333825?s=03)

  3. If fixing climate change was “good business” then it should be possible to achieve it without government subsidies or regulation. Good business means that you offer the consumer something they want at the right price. There are two approaches to this – force consumers to pay more for “dirty” products, through government regulation or taxes. Or, you develop “green” products that are cheaper at the same time, making the switch for the consumer easier. Because the politicians above have focused on the first solution, without trying to encourage the second, the policy has generally failed given that consumers are already unable to make ends meet. Also – talk is cheap!

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