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Originally posted by edsingerIt will cost the average family $1,000 to $4,000 dollars per year in increased energy costs.
Three words... "personal economical benefit"
Originally posted by Simcity4Rushour
...for the life of me I cant understand why people try to ignore it.
The year 2004, punctuated by four powerful hurricanes in the Caribbean and deadly typhoons lashing Asia, was the fourth-hottest on record, extending a trend since 1990 that has registered the 10 warmest years...
Statistics released at the climate change conference showed that natural disasters across the world in the first 10 months of the year cost the insurance industry just over $35 billion, up from $16 billion in 2003.
"Just between you and me, shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging more migration of dirty industries to the LDCs [less developed countries]?... The economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable, and we should face up to that... Under-populated countries in Africa are vastly under-polluted; their air quality is probably vastly inefficiently low compared to Los Angeles or Mexico City... The concern over an agent that causes a one in a million change in the odds of prostate cancer is obviously going to be much higher in a country where people survive to get prostate cancer than in a country where under-five mortality is 200 per thousand."
-- 1991, Chief Economist for the World Bank, Lawrence Summers, Quoted from Vandana Shiva, Stolen Harvest, (South End Press, 2000) p.65; See also Richard Robbins, Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism (Allyn and Bacon, 1999), pp. 233-236 for a detailed look at this; This quote also appeared in the Economist in an article titled "Let them eat pollution".
Originally posted by ShadowXIX
There has been 17 Ice Ages in the last 1.8 million years wild changes in earth's climate long before humans were effecting the enviroment in any significant way.
Originally posted by AlexofSkye
I would like to propose a truce between right and left and making a common cause. I make the following assertions:
1. Pollution is a bad thing per se.
2. We are very wasteful in our inefficient use of energy.