It’s entirely likely that if the United States government ever does anything about climate change, it’s going to be spurred by corporations worried about how it will affect their future profits. That doesn’t mean I’m optimistic. For every company that sees threat in climate change, others see profit either now or in the future. And the culture of quarterly income reports makes any real long-term thinking unlikely. But at least it’s in the minds of some of the plutocracy interested in protecting their own wealth.