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The Ecological War
There is a continuous war going on between economists and ecologists.
The huge international energy companies are always looking to start new projects. These new projects will usually have possible damaging effects on the ecology of the planet, whether it is a dam, a pipeline, oil drilling enterprise or fraking.
This is a war that has new battles breaking out all the time.
It is time to change the parameters. We do not want to change the playing field, so we must change the rules of engagement.
There are many people who try to save the environment and their time and effort should be thanked but it is time that we forget about trying to win each skirmish and considered trying to win the war. It is always said that it is better to negotiate from a position of strength and that is what the ecologists should start to do now.
Laws should be implemented to secure the safety of the environment regardless of the work proposed.
When a company decides to make a new pipeline, ecologists should be able to say “go ahead, just keep within the rules”. I know, the company will say that that is not economically viable. Then good, however as the planets natural resources diminish, it will gradually become more economically viable.
The environment doesn’t change, economies do and so it is about time we let the economists do the work of dealing with the environmental problems instead of ecologists keep trying to deal with the economic problems.
Unfortunately it is inevitable that the drilling or damming will happen at some point. The more urgent the need, the less chance the ecologists have of winning. That is why the rules should be put in place now, before an urgent need arises.
An environmental code should be put into law.
Most buildings are different, yet within a city each new building must comply with that cities building codes. The same principle must be put in place with strict national codes to protect both safety and the environment. It must be done now, before a next big project arises.
As I have said the natural resources are being used up and eventually there will be a need to use them all, regardless of the cost to the environment.
We cannot stop this, so the best thing we can do is accept the inevitable and do our best now to constrain the energy giants on how they do things.
We must stop trying to win every battle and group together to try and win the war.
The natural resources may one day run out but the planet and its environment will remain. It is our responsibility to try and protect the environment. Just like the natural resources, humans may one day vanish from the planet. The Dinosaurs left us oil, what will we leave future inhabitants of our planet, nuclear waste and a desert?
If not today, then tomorrow, the energy giants will eventually get all they want. All that is at stake is the how and the when, so let us try to make a difference to those today.
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