Comment 72370

By ScreamingViking (registered) | Posted December 18, 2011 at 15:26:54 in reply to Comment 72357

At some point in the future, we will experience first-hand the cost of reclaiming land used by the major steel companies in Hamilton... probably the not-too-distant future for one of them. What will be our ability to collect funding for remediation from the corporations that were responsible? We all know the answer to that.

Rhetorical questions aside, the emphasis on jobs, jobs, jobs has clouded the issues of accounting for the full costs of industrial production as a regular business practice, not that we have ever done that. Doing so may mean making some shorter term sacrifices, but at the benefit of avoiding longer term costs which may be much larger. There is really no excuse today, especially since we understand ecological impacts (and social ones) much more clearly than in the past when ignorance could at least be acknowledged if not excused.

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