Category Archives: Natural Resources

Crazy eco-curve

Poor societies can’t afford to protect the environment. This emerging conventional wisdom, long embraced by United Nations agencies and conservative think-tanks alike, now has adherents among Western government agencies, among traditional economists, and among popular writers.



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Lawrence Solomon debates Jeff Rubin’s new book, Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller

(May 29, 2009) Welcome to the first installment of the National Post’s non-fiction book club, Speaking Volumes, an ongoing series that features National Post writers and expert guests. In this edition, we examine Jeff Rubin’s new book, Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller (Random House Canada) on peak oil and the end of globalization. Continue reading

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Kashechewan woes boil down to leadership

(November 5, 2006) Canada’s federal government and Ontario’s provincial government pointed the finger at each other when the deplorable drinking water in Kashechewan, the native reserve in Northern Ontario, exploded to public attention last week. Ontario blamed the federal government, which quickly accepted responsibility, but Canadians should know where most of the blame truly lies. Continue reading

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The eco-affluence myth

(July 31, 2003) “Affluence fosters environmentalism,” argues The Real Environmental Crisis, a book by professor emeritus Jack M. Hollander of the University of California at Berkeley. “As people become more affluent, most become increasingly sensitive to the health and beauty of their environment. And gaining affluence helps provide the economic means to protect and enhance the environment.” Continue reading

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No property leads to plunder

(December 31, 2002) The Carnegie Endowment’s Scott Vaughan chose an apt example by invoking Indira Gandhi’s memorable speech in Stockholm at the 1972 UN Conference on Human Environment. “Are not poverty and need the greatest polluters?” Mrs. Gandhi said famously, in arguing that the environment should take a back seat to the economy. Continue reading

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