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I believe that assessing economic health must necessarily factor in environmental health. Economic analyzes must not 1) ignore loss of natural capital -- soil, fish, biodiversity, fossil fuels, etc--or fail to depreciate resources as they’re used up or polluted; 2) pretend that waste has no ill effect; 3) put no value on natural beauty. Very efficient industrial activities that resemble natural processes with matter recycling in closed systems should be “winners”; wasteful ones should also be economic “losers”. Use of Earth’s “commons” --air, water, land, soil, trees, minerals, etc--should be regulated so that the right to use the commons is linked to responsibility to protect it. Markets (some based on “cap & trade”) providing incentive for environmental good & investment in restoring / protecting natural capital should be encouraged.

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

appreciates need for environmental impact assessment  

appreciates need for carbon tax or related market scheme

appreciates need for efficient energy use

wants to factor natural capital into economic analyzes

summary Wikipedia article: Environmental Economics  

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 3233

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 36

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