The New York Times let go of the media’s “How dare you make that much money,” attitude on July 3 to support a new kind of executive. The green kind.
“The new environmental chiefs are helping companies profit from the push to go green,” wrote Claudia H. Deutsch.
Deutsch’s article supported the concept talking about how it will make money for companies, without mentioning any drawbacks. She also left out the radical left-wing nature of some of the groups mentioned in the story. The only criticism of the new positions came from the left.
The Times quoted Eileen Claussen, president of the pro-Kyoto Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Claussen, who also served in the Clinton administration, has advocated extremist global warming policies and testified before the Senate about the importance of the Kyoto Protocol – which would have cost taxpayers several hundred billion dollars a year.
Deutsch also quoted Gwen Ruta of the liberal group Environmental Defense. Ruta told the Times, “In the best of all worlds, we wouldn’t need a separate person to link strategy and sustainability.”
Overlooked by the Times was what consumers and investors would actually get from the creation of this expensive position. In 2000, the average corporate salary for the top five executives at 1,500 of the largest publicly traded firms tracked by Standard & Poor's was $894,100 for women and $1,333,700 for men.