Monday, November 13, 2006

On the Cost of a Sustainable Economy

In a good follow up to my previous post, below is a comment from over decade ago on the cost of addressing global warming.

"To live in a (sustainable) future, we require a design. To pay the bills from the past, we need a means. To act we need a way to serve. For those who say that times are tough, that we can ill afford sweeping changes because the existing sytem is already broke or hobbled, consider that the US and the former USSR spent over $10 tillion on the Cold War, enough money to replace the entire infrastructure of the world, every shcool, every hospital, every roadway, building and farm.

"In other words, we bought and sold the whole world in order to defeat a political movement. To now assert that we don't have the resources to build a restorative economy is ironic, since the threats we face today are actually happening, whereas the threats of the post-war nuclear stand-off were about the possibility of destruction."

- Paul Hawken, The Ecology of Commerce

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