there is no such thing as free lunch

Perspective for your consideration …What does it look like when it’s fixed…?

Sunday – 9-21-08 – Az Republic – BOLD EFFORT TO CLEAN AIR – AT A COST …?

As I read this article it strikes me that perhaps “we” feel there should not be any price to pay to clean up the “mess” we permitted and contributed in creating in the polluting and contaminating of our air…?

The late economist, Milton Freedman, is reputedly credited with noting … “there is no such thing as a free lunch” … and this sentiment it seems to me certainly applies to cleaning up the air we breathe.

While “we” may not like it, this cost is but a part of that EXTERNALATY iceberg which for years revealed only a very small portion of its mass. Now this EXTERNALATY looms significant on our horizon. We are being invited to deal with the consequences of pollution of our atmosphere head-on or face a fate not unlike the Titanic.

We can choose to (a) do nothing and permit mankind as we understand and know it to be extinguished, (b) take bold action knowing full well these actions will cause displacement and inexorably alter the manner in which we conduct our lives, (c) continue to play the “blame” game under the illusion we are NOT making any choice. The reality is in this “game” even stealth is a choice and has consequences.

We need be aware this is but one of a number of icebergs we will face and which loom on our horizon.

And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue before any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.