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Keeping Nature Exactly as Is ... Forever

Peter416 Wrote: May 02, 2012 9:29 AM
Thank you, Barry. I have long advocated to anyone attempting to convince me to be 'greener' and to limit my 'carbon footprint' to stop exhaling. For some reason, they always give me a strange puzzled look.

The human brain is torn between simple intuition and the more complex hard work of figuring out the unintended consequences of any policy. Who doesn't like thinking about trees and greenery and happy animals? Who doesn't want to see steps taken to protect those things, all else being equal? But all else is not equal. Civilization doesn't work when central planners treat each tree as if its value is infinite.

Politicians specialize in convincing you that, with their help, you can have your cake and eat it, too. The idea of a new "green economy" that is both clean and rich...