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But it’s more than aesthetics; environmental infrastructure also has a cost component. The millions it would have cost to preserve the wetlands and bayous of coastal Louisiana would have been repaid a hundred-fold for their value in mitigating the damage of Hurricane Katrina. Stricter building codes and land-use regulations could have reduced the death toll from the Kashmir earthquake and other disasters that strike the Third World by orders of magnitude. The future economic prospects of large tracts of the industrialized Third World, including China, Russia, India and Brazil, are clouded by the environmental blight of poorly-regulated manufacturing and extraction industries. The list goes on. In fact, nearly every aspect of environmental regulation can be shown to have a strong economic justification that redounds to American competitiveness and outweighs its short-term costs.
wow, I was actually just thinking about this very thing today. Here in the States we seem to take it for granted that the effects of large scale disasters will be moderated by the technology and regulations that we've put in place. We take the stance that preventative measures should be taken to prevent large scale death.
Here in Tulsa we've taken steps to prevent flooding. In the 80's we had some serious flooding probems and the city took pains to address these problems.
From the City of Tulsa website:
Tulsa's flooding problems also mirror many other towns. Our community was founded a hundred years ago on a major river and has a long history of floods, compounded by post-war growth, floodplain development, and frequent rainstorms.
I remember the 1984 flood. I also recall how the city decided to built a bunch of new parks and flood management areas to try to prevent another flood like that again.
And that, is the difference between good governance and no governance. I seriously doubt that the private sector would have been able to address such a large issue. Traditionally, this supporting role by government in dealing with larger community issues has been beneficial to the American economy. Effective action by the part of our leaders can mean reduced cost of doing business and greater opportunites for small businesses.
The anti-government movement would like us to believe that ineffective leadership means we should simply throw up our hands, demand our money back and hope for the best.
That, is not a good idea.
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