Monday, March 22, 2010

A Local Case Of Environment Vs. Economics

The LA Times recently reported on a story about tensions between residents of Duarte and a mining operation next door in the Azusa area. The reason why this is of interest to this website is that Fish Canyon Falls' access is adversely affected by the mining operations. We haven't visited the falls yet, but we're hoping to be able to soon.

Nonetheless, here we have another case of environment versus economics. This is sadly a recurring theme throughout the world and throughout human history. And while grass roots efforts can try to defend the environment based on conscience and activism, I get the feeling that until the economic rules change to account for environmental consequences (i.e. enforcing a you-pay-for-your-own-pollution policy), these types of issues will continue to come up and get worse. After all, in most cases, you get penalized (or it's more expensive) for doing the "right" thing versus the status quo where we live in a world that assumes infinite resources and a disregard for sustainability just so long as someone's making money...

In any case, see for yourself what this particular issue is all about...

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