Idiot stupidity

This cannot go on. As a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found, “international regulation is necessary to prevent mining facilities from damaging the environment, to ensure the safety of miners, and to effectively deal with conflicts that arise over the international trade of strategic minerals”. Since offenders continue to offend, a comprehensive, muscular and mandatory global regulatory regime is required.

It is right that poorer places will have lower environmental standards than richer places. Because such standards cost money. In fact, they’re a luxury good, something we devote higher portions of our incomes to as we become richer.

When the battle is to afford 50 cents of mealie meal a day then spending vast sums on pollution that we would find unacceptable in the Thames is to condemn people to death.

10 thoughts on “Idiot stupidity”

  1. But it is all for the Greater Good, so therefore any deaths caused by it shall be treated as a Noble Sacrifice. This way they can have a Clear Conscience as they doom yet more people to suffer from their hair brained schemes.

  2. Which is easier to do? Mine destructively and clean up later or mine sensibly and clean up as you go?

    Which is more cost effective in the long run?

  3. “But it is all for the Greater Good, so therefore any deaths caused by it shall be treated as a Noble Sacrifice”

    That’s certainly the thought process behind extortionate green taxes and elderly people freezing to death because they can’t afford to heat their homes.

  4. “Which is easier to do? Mine destructively and clean up later or mine sensibly and clean up as you go?”

    If the company doesn’t clear up as to goes and it later become bankrupt, it’ll leave an expensive problem to fall on the taxpayers.

  5. I heard that the most modern mines in Australia are largely automated and are run by only a handful of people, although I guess this depends on the type of mine in question. So if we are going to establish an international standard of mine, this is all well and good but it is likely to take the form of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton turning up with super advanced hi-tec kit and employing very few locals whatsoever. Which would be a complete reversal of the Local Content legislation which most developing countries have spent decades in establishing.

    Odd to see lefties proposing this.

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