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ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

If market-based capitalism is to survive, its holes must be fixed!  Prices should include fees for environmental health impacts. Tweaks should promote small business products of efficient industrial activities resembling natural processes (matter recycling in closed systems)not those of big wasteful, polluters. Use of Earth’s “commons”  (air, water, land, soil, trees, minerals, etc) should be linked to responsibility to protect it. Incentives should encourage efficiently producing necessities (like small affordable housing, plant based food, clean water), and investing in /restoring /protecting biodiversity & natural capital (esp. soil).

        BIG BUSINESS           PUSHES GLOBAL LIMITS

I value market-based pricing and corporations’ profit motive. Their resource extractive (fossil fuels, mining, etc.) endeavors should speed up as growth demands. Their government partners should push "top down" approaches to meet big challenges: climate change and need for new infrastructure / cybersecurity and “brittle” infrastructure. As we run into resource / carrying capacity limits, we need ambitious (fusion, geoengineering, space-based solar power, asteroid mining, etc), capital & energy intensive, high tech solutions. 

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.

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