Greenmailing: When Unhappy Laborers Use Green Causes To Hurt A Company

07/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How Greenmailing Works
Now, on the surface, requesting that a company conduct environmental surveys before proceeding with a project seems like a pretty straightforwardly good idea. But we all know there can be too much of a good thing.

Evidently, by overloading companies with unnecessary environmental study requests, the unions can make life miserable for just about any company. Any company, that is, except the ones that go ahead and hire unionized labor. Unions can evidently slow progress on a solar project to a halt, and make going ahead much more expensive--sometimes by up to a staggering 20%.


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