I think we can all agree that when our gubmint decides to take up management and regulation of something (Usually something lobbied for), it tends to be wasteful, inefficient, and over-bearing. Endless Red Tape that makes things hard for the right companies, as well as the wrong companies. Not only that, but when regulations and laws are defined, they tend to stick around, long after they are necessary. They could write a law requiring cooling of gorblefuts to certain temperatures during production. But after a few months of R&D, they are able to eliminate the cooling process with the advent of toodlesnoots. But the way the law works, if those gorblefuts aren't at the regulatory low temperature during production, then you get fined, or worse. Regulations become outdated and arbitrary when the market and innovation moves on.
This happens, yeah, but not all the time. There are a lot of regulations which everybody follows and they work great.
Sometimes you do need to de-regulate things after the market has moved on - but I don't think that's an argument against regulation in the first place. For example - car emissions... maybe we won't need carbon emission regulations when all cars are electric, but we have to cross that bridge then.
In the meantime, I cannot imagine why a car company would produce a car with 'clean emissions' in the absence of a regulation saying they have to do so. A car with dirty emissions would be much cheaper and sell better. Your average consumer doesn't mind driving a car that creates a little bit of pollution if it saves them a few thousand bucks.
Green business is more profitable, fundamentally, regardless of what lazy older companies would tell you. All I'm saying is that gubmint regulation isn't the only answer. I'd much prefer Corporate Espeeuhnoj™, or market strong-arming, or even partial monopolization over endless Red Tape.
What makes you conclude green business is fundamentally more profitable? Filters, waste management, recycling.. these things are expensive!
I want to show people that Profit With Compassion™ is possible. I wanna change modern business standards by example, not by force. Instead of arguing about economic theory, why don't we throw some bar stools?
From where I'm sitting - green business is more expensive. People who produce things the "clean" way are operating at a disadvantage and will be beaten by competitors who are ridin' dirty. Even if all businesses agreed to "go green", any given business could get ahead of their competition if they defect from the plan.
I think that's the central thing that keeps the market from being green already. We consumers are not so into the green movement that we're willing to pay out out the ass just to be environmentally responsible.