I think we'll be okay. Your first priority isn't profit. My first
priority isn't profit. In fact, I don't know anybody whose first
priority is profit. Do you? We need to position ourselves so that we can afford
to clean things up. That's how we've done it in the past. That's
how we'll do it in the future.Corporations take a lot of flak
for supposedly being greedy and caring only about profit. But have you ever been
on the inside? That's not how any corporations I've been involved with
work, either large or small. They really do care about their communities and
their environment. Because they have to take a balanced approach - going out of
business doesn't really empower them to do much of anything - they get
criticized. But we ALL have to take a balanced approach. You don't give all
your money to charity, do you? You buy food, you buy clothes, you buy housing,
and sometimes you even take in a movie. Cut corporations a little slack - but
not the ones that are truly evil (like Enron).
By extension, economy-killing environmental moves will limit our ability to
maintain a clean environment... You cannot maintain a clean
environment... if your first priority is profit. Coal
mines Copper mines.Lax Utah legislation.
Utah is named the worst air quality in America. I cannot make this
UBD is absolutely right, but didn't go far enough. A clean, vibrant
environment is, if history is any indicator, dependent on economic vitality. By
extension, economy-killing environmental moves will limit our ability to
maintain a clean environment, and, in the long run, will harm the environment.
The poorer we become, the lower will be the technology to heat our homes and
transport us. Horse manure and soot, anyone?Some of the ways
"forward" that are being implemented don't work. The energy ROI on
wind and solar is not sufficient to be self- sustaining. They are in fact
consuming wealth and decreasing our ability to improve the environment in the
The funny thing is Money and the environment are not mutually exclusive of each
other.... you can have both. I don't care about global warming.... we see
enough evidence of mans impact at the local level to not need arguments at the
macro level to justify action. The underpinnings of technology
based solutions are there. The development of new technology will be the engine
of economic growth for the next 20 years.... we can either get on board and be
the engines of the next technology boom... or we can let other countries like
China take the lead play catch up if we can. Once we have lost the lead in new
technologies, it will be very hard for us to get some of that glory back. A clean, vibrant environment is not mutually exclusive of economic
growth. I wish people could get that point.
What's more important?Health and the environment or money?Can you eat, drink, and breath money? Some people apparently think you
can. Why else would our state leadership be so opposed to cleaning up our air
and standing up to big business?
Of course there are lesson.But you cannot teach people, who refuse
to listen until their loved ones start dying from athsma, COPD and lung cancer.