The powers-that-be lead farmers astray. Industrial chemicals don’t up yield after a few years. Government subsidies don’t make land affordable. If powerful entities can’t find a safe way to make money, then take away their power. Let’s quit limiting the liability of irresponsible firms and not pay subsidies to groups but pay a land-rent dividend to all citizens.
How bad can it get before government quits favoring old ways — no more subsidies for developers and manufacturers — and levels the playing field for new ways? Recover land value and pay citizens a dividend so everyone has enough security to work on their new ideas and contribute new solutions; let progress charge ahead!
If state and federal requirements for oil and gas drillers are lax, we could pay the clean-up bill — as we do for oil, gas, and mining — adding insult to injury. So why do we limit the liability of those who put people and planet at risk?
Our normal lives are killing us sooner. We must take the politics out of techno-progress. And let’s use metro land compactly, so we can lose our addiction to cars. Ready?
The Supreme Court handed down a decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District makes it hard for communities to get landowners to pay for damages they may cause, a revolution in land-use law that will profoundly impact society. This 2013 excerpt is from the New York Times, June 26.
Chinese protest policy of growth at all costs which has delivered the goods to millions but also contaminated them. A new judicial interpretation would impose “harsher punishments” and tighten “lax and superficial” enforcement of the country’s environmental protection laws. This 2013 excerpt is from Reuters, Jun 19.
Do those who pursue renewable energy as an end in itself fail to see the wood for the trees? Is smoke less polluting? Europe’s wood subsidies show the folly of focusing green policy on “renewables”. This 2013 excerpt is from The Economist, Apr 6.
Musician and naturalist Bernie Krause says soundscapes from forests to deserts are being lost or contaminated by human noise. What would make humans use some land more intensely, other land not at all? This 2012 article is from The Ecologist, Oct 1.
In the 1960s, microwave sickness from similar ‘low’ levels was relatively well known. Today, our awareness needs reawakening. May it open the floodgates for reform. This 2012 article is from The Ecologist, Spt 19.
Some huge swathes of pristine forest remain, but it is no longer suitable for great apes due to the extensive hunting that occurs within to supply the trade in bushmeat. Can humans find economic alternatives to slaughter? This 2012 article is from the BBC, Spt 28.
Responding to the overshoot and collapse, Singapore’s leaders crafted solutions — including a tax that some academics miss — that overcame these challenges and produced a successful and sustainable development trajectory. This 2012 article is from the Solutions Journal, September.
For more than a decade, the chemical companies that made CFCs reacted much like today’s coal and oil companies: They denied the science, attacked the messengers, and predicted economic ruin. But the green movement won at last. This 2012 article is from USA Today, Spt 28.
Even Without Eco-Rights & Land Rights Enforced <b>Coal</b>, the solid fossil fuel, is being undercut by the fossil fuel natural gas, not because gas is cleaner — it’s just cheaper. by Clark Williams-Derry The US Energy Information Administration released new […]
The environmental tax shift evolved in three phases: from taxing pollution while untaxing income (a federal tax), thru taxing extraction while untaxing sales (a state tax), to taxing location while untaxing built property (a local tax). The last of these […]