Historically in the United States the association of cheap labor and working class neighborhoods as camp followers of old industrial start up in by-gone eras created the prospect for future slums following up after the end of the industrial era. Sometimes the industries left before environmental controls and concepts were adumbrated to delimit how far in exploiting humanity and the environment a business might go. There are yet other concerns about the ‘externality’ of pollution afoot today which we might consider…
Globalism has replaced the internationalism of the post world war two Breton Woods conferees with a takeover of the World Bank and International monetary fund driving support into the absolute advantage of global corporations trading in a fast-ouch so of way where no conscionable businesses would; moving so fast and far as business considerations allow to produce the most inefficient environmental products in the poorest nations with the cheapest labor thus avoiding the hindrance of environmental responsibility. The race to the bottom of ecological stewardship is an obvious consequence of globalist supremacy over national and international comparative advantage. Perhaps the carbon dioxide emissions cap and gown over the pollution reality is an example.
In the United States today, as well as elsewhere on the globe an emissions allowance of atmospheric composition altering gas-co2 based in part on national accountability in a global era with hippie- gypsy global corporations essentially without borders able to move their polluting businesses offshore when accountability in any one nation becomes too much means that the hapless national taxpayers will pay the real cost for co2 emitting businesses wither through taxes or by the hidden tax of runaway corporations moving to the Congo or wherever. It has been noted that a hidden cost of protecting (rather inefficiently too) the ecology of first world nations is the unintended effect of those ecological assailants in logging, mining, fishing, automobile production and so forth moving to ecologically defenseless poor nations without environmental or labor laws. In that regard the worst polluters move to dump the industrial waste from Europe or elsewhere via tramp shippers to African villages or their ‘outback’ in the jungle with a bribe or two to the local and regional Chief who isn’t a chemical eco -engineer with a medical degree.
It is useful to remember that today’s ecologically prosperous areas such as Montana become tomorrow’s poor area. In Montana global warming has decreased annual snowfall to just 24 inches on average down quite a lot. Forest fires and the costs of extinguishing them have increased. In time the sort of tree that can survive the altered environment of Montana will need to change, and to avoid a poor environment in the future today arboreal planners should experiment and plant some forests after fires with trees better able to withstand drought , warmer temperatures and fire. Local areas should receive via their public universities funding to study and develop superconductor electricity storage loops submerged in liquid hydrogen created by solar electrolysis from water that could store solar and wind created power and avoid excess transportation costs that pollute a lot, are very inefficient and add much to global warming. Patent costs should be brought down by half and the time of a patent should be reduced to just ten years in order to expedite human technological proliferation of more efficient technologies. While it would be fine to innovate in a first world nation something like a Stradivarius loss prevention wireless device that would signal if the instrument became more than 20 feet distant from the owner, it’s use in more generally applicable social and ecological conservation efforts would obviously be quite limited. As the 21st century progresses not only must Haiti receive lots of birth control and hydroponics gardening assistance, inventions must become available for generic application faster than twenty or 50 years if the foundations of poverty are to be erased and an ecological continuum of health developed.