I keep coming back to Buckminster Fuller's idea on how to handle industrial …

I keep coming back to Buckminster Fuller's idea on how to handle industrial pollution.

Demand zero emissions from industry. Government would compensate them for the costs associated with developing and implementing the technologies required to achieve this goal, leaving these industries in as good a competitive position as before the new regulations. The catch? Government would become entitled to all of the basic elements that the technology would sequester. Government would then come and pick up said materials, warehouse them and when industry is in need of more basic materials they would come to government to purchase the materials. This would compensate taxpayers for their initial investment in transitioning and close the materials loop, eliminating the need for rapacious extraction and exploitation of mineral resources.

This approach makes far too much sense for us to ever implement, but every time I read articles about the precautionary principle in action and the incessant whining from CEOs and shareholders about how difficult their lives are because of the stupid environmentalists, this idea comes swimming back up to the surface of my brain.

And what kind of absolutist statement is “the precautionary principle will absolutely undermine the economy”? Can it not be equally argued that ruination of aquifers will most decidedly undermine local economies of any region in which it might occur? Cities cannot survive without potable water.

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