Re: Polemics for longevity

From: Howard Rothenburg (
Date: Sat Jan 22 2000 - 12:49:30 MST

On Sat, 22 Jan 2000, Robert Bradbury wrote:

> On Sat, 22 Jan 2000, Technotranscendence wrote:
> > Ecological disruption is, to a large extent, caused by government
> > protections and subsidization of unprofitable economic development.
> Huh??? I would say the fundamental cause for ecological disruption
> is a failure to account in an economic sense (meaning in the
> accounting and tax laws) for "theft" from the global commons.
> The solution to this is not "less" government regulation, but "more".

Then why are the governments that regulate their populations the most the
ones with the worst environmental problem areas (even where officially
they have strict environmental protections laws).

If a company is using an environmental resource it has an incentive to
protect it, at least enough so it can continue to use it.

Governments, despite the rhetoric, seem to make the problem worse, the
more they are involved.

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