Who’s the greatest polluter of all? The oil companies? The chemical companies? The nuclear power plants? If you guessed “none of the above” you’d be correct. Our government, at the federal, state, and local levels, is the single greatest polluter in the land. In addition, our government doesn’t even clean up its own garbage!
Source: How Liberty Saves the Environment (Part 1: Ending Sovereign Immunity) – Official Site of Dr. Mary Ruwart
So is it really the case that liberty and the environment are simply opposed? Does the good of one come only at the expense of the other? Or can liberty and a flourishing natural environment reinforce one another, the good of one encouraging the good of the other? Can economic activity under a system of liberty be environmentally sustainable in the long run?
Ronald Bailey tackles the impact, pro and con, of sustained economic growth on our environment. Through detailed research and objective observation of opposing viewpoints, Bailey concludes the following…