Fly Fisher Paulson to Head Treasury

May 31, 2006 By: Marshall Cutchin

All eyes are cast on Henry Paulson, CEO of Goldman Sachs and chairman of the board of directors of the Nature Conservancy, who will likely be the new Secretary of the Treasury in the U.S. As supporter of the Kyoto treaty to limit greenhoues gas emissions — which the Bush administration does not support — Paulson has been criticized by pro-business political action groups. At the same time, the Nature Conservancy is considered by some environmentalists to be too closely tied to business interests and government, and too quick to sell out to development. It is possible Paulson will be too consumed by U.S.-China economic relations to continue work on environmental tasks, but then again being CEO of Goldman Sachs, a firm famous for demands on its employees, didn’t keep him from thinking about conservation issues. Here’s a fairly even-handed treatment by Ron Hutcheson and Kevin Hall in the Miami Herald.