The Impossibility of Harming the Environment   Leave a comment

Long, but clear analysis.

Land & Livestock International, Inc.

by Roy E. Cordato From: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty – May 2002 Vol. 52 No. 5 

“The ‘polluter pays principle’ states that whoever is responsible for damage to the environment should bear the costs associated with it.” —United Nations Environmental Programme

The “polluter pays principle” appeals to our sense of justice. People should be held responsible for their actions, and polluters who cause damage to others should “pay” for that damage. Furthermore, forcing polluters to bear the costs of their activities would enhance economic efficiency. In other words, appropriately applied, policies based on the principle face no tradeoff between the efficient working of a capitalist system and environmental protection.

But as with most general principles, the devil is in the details. In this case the details relate to basic questions that any application must answer: How do we define pollution? Who is a polluter? How much should the payment…

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Posted July 6, 2014 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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