Will consumers pay more for “green” products?

This commentator thinks not. I’ve made the same observation many times about buyers not paying more for green houses, and my friend and fellow realtor in Tucson, John Schneider reports the same thing out there, where a/c costs should make energy efficient homes more marketable. The reluctance to ay now in order to save later is regrettable, but a fact. Which, of course, is why Obama and the tree huggers want laws passed to force consumers to do what the smart, Ivy-educated people know is good for them.

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  1. FlyAngler

    Use laws and regulations to compel uneconomical behavior? Ayn Rand had something to say about this 50+ years ago:

    “Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

    From ‘Atlas Shrugged’, 1957