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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:21 PM

Whole Foods CEO: ‘Climate Change Is Not Necessarily Bad’

It has been a week of controversial statements from Whole Foods CEO John Mackey. First, the self-described libertarian quickly walked back his statement that Obamacare is “like fascism,” admitting it was a “bad choice of language.” And on Friday Mackey — a longtime denier of manmade climate change — told Mother Jones that warming temperatures is “not necessarily bad”:
Contrary to what has been written about me I am not a “climate-change skeptic.” Climate change is clearly occurring, and based on what I have read global temperatures have increased about 1.5 degrees Celsius over the past 150 years.
We’ve been in a gradual warming trend since the ending of the “Little Ice Age” in about 1870, and climate change is perfectly natural and not necessarily bad. In general, most of humanity tends to flourish more when global temperatures are in a warming trend and I believe we will be able to successfully adapt to gradually rising temperatures. What I am opposed to is trying to stop virtually all economic progress because of the fear of climate change. I would hate to see billions of people condemned to remain in poverty because of climate-change fears.
Mackey makes light of a global issue that has destroyed homes, businesses, and basic resources.
The National Climate Assessment lays out how “Climate change is already affecting the American people.” It states, “Certain types of weather events have become more frequent and/or intense including heat waves, heavy downpours and in some regions floods and drought. Sea level is rising, oceans are becoming more acidic, and glaciers and Arctic sea ice are melting.” And the poor are the hardest hit by the changing climate, where cities in Mexico, Venezuela, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, the Phillippines are some of the most vulnerable. The Philippines, for instance, was hit by an unprecedented typhoon that killed more than 1,000 people; meanwhile, East Coast cities are still reeling from Hurricane Sandy.
One report estimates as many as 100 million people could die from climate change consequences by 2030.

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/01/18/1470631/whole-foods-climate-change/



Every time this guy opens his mouth, he loses another customer.

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octoberlib Jan 2013 OP
BeyondGeography Jan 2013 #1
Blue_Tires Jan 2013 #6
Initech Jan 2013 #23
Lint Head Jan 2013 #2
Jefferson23 Jan 2013 #14
progressoid Jan 2013 #17
Beaverhausen Jan 2013 #24
2pooped2pop Jan 2013 #3
Pryderi Jan 2013 #4
geomon666 Jan 2013 #5
joeybee12 Jan 2013 #7
kysrsoze Jan 2013 #8
Berlum Jan 2013 #9
Whisp Jan 2013 #22
dballance Jan 2013 #10
Downwinder Jan 2013 #11
newfie11 Jan 2013 #12
Raine Jan 2013 #13
uponit7771 Jan 2013 #16
Morning Dew Jan 2013 #15
kelliekat44 Jan 2013 #18
ChisolmTrailDem Jan 2013 #19
Swede Atlanta Jan 2013 #20
Whisp Jan 2013 #21

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:24 PM

1. Forget it, he's rolling

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:51 PM

6. in overdrive; full throttle...

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:36 PM

23. OVER???? Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!!!!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:25 PM

2. AssWhole Foods

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:21 PM

14. LOL

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:46 PM

17. +1

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:41 PM

24. Brilliant!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:25 PM

3. Opens mouth and removes all doubt.

Fool

not the poster, but the CEO.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:50 PM

4. What a dick. If I were an investor, I'd fire him.

Whole Foods Market, Inc.
NASDAQ: WFM - Jan 18 1:50pm ET
90.17-0.07‎ (-0.08%‎ )

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:51 PM

5. I love it.

We need more corporate owners to go on public record so we can all see for ourselves what ideology our money is funding.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 01:53 PM

7. What a phucking moran!

Series-ly...no one should be shopping at his sh*tty store from now on.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:03 PM

8. Fuck that greedy asshole. Not one dime to that place.

I shop Trader Joe's and Aldi, both good German socialist-owned stores.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:05 PM

9. The Stanky Climate-Lying Soul of Republican Stoopidity (R)

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Response to Berlum (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:28 PM

22. +1

 

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:15 PM

10. He might start to think it's bad when his prices

From wholesalers start going up because there is less land to grow on. Also, they'll likely have to increase irrigation. Which will increase production costs and they'll pass it along to him.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:15 PM

11. Whole Foods is not big on seafood sales?

Increased temperature and acidification is rough on sea life.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:16 PM

12. Maybe not if ya wanna grow wheat in Alaska

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:20 PM

13. Whole Paycheck is too expensive for me to shop at which is

just as well if that is their attitude.

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Response to Raine (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:39 PM

16. +1!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:25 PM

15. In A Move To Change Company Name To "No Foods", CEO states...

n/m

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:48 PM

18. Has the Whole Foods boycott started yet.? nt

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 02:52 PM

19. "I believe we will be able to successfully adapt to gradually rising temperatures."

Makes his case for evolution while probably otherwise an evolution denier.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:24 PM

20. Another reason to jettison WholePaycheck

 

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:26 PM

21. Mackey is Whacky.

 

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