September 1, 2003

Steyn on susteynable..

...There's no such thing as "sustainable" development. Human progress and individual liberty have advanced on the backs of one unsustainable development after another: When we needed trees for heating and transportation, we chopped 'em down. Then we discovered oil, and the trees grew back. When the oil runs out, we won't notice because our SUVs will be powered by something else. Bet on human ingenuity every time. We're not animals, and it's a cult as deranged as the screwiest fringe religion to insist we are. Earth's most valuable resource is us...(link)
Also much of human invention and technology is in fact solutions to, or responses to, environmental crises, which are not a new phenomenon.

For instance, through much of human history, the largest cities have been "too large" to be sustainable, and "the wise" have decried them, and tried to limit their growth. Always without success. Meanwhile others have been busy inventing things, such as aqueducts, sewers, fire departments, parks, building codes, canals, railroads, telephones, water-purification plants, garbage trucks, elevators, steel I-beams, [OK, OK, enough. We get the idea.] which solve the crises and make possible even larger cities...

Posted by John Weidner at September 1, 2003 8:34 AM
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