Why is pro-pollution considered a free market position?

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    Can anyone answer that. What gives coal and oil producers the right to pollute other people's air?
     
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    Nobody wants to drink dirty water or breathe poisoned air, but everyone wants to drive their car and enjoy air conditioning and heat. It's an economic balancing act.
     
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    Sure, but any time anyone has suggested we limit any form of pollution, that claim has been that it means the end of the freedom. Without getting into contemporary debates about cap-and-trade and the like, look at the passage the Clean Air Act or the implementation of the EPA's Acid Rain Program.
     
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    I know that the Clean Air act was passed over 40 year ago, and the Acid Rain Program started about 20 years ago. Both programs had detractors at the time, but the laws were eventually passed and the programs implemented. We have cleaner air and water as a result. I think the USA generally does the right thing on the environment - as long as the legislation is not fundamentally flawed.
     
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    If corporations are not free to contaminate waterways and polute the air, are any of us really free?
     
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    But seriously, anti-regulation is the free market position. Always has been always will be. But this is one example where the free market, left to it's own devices, fails everyone.
     
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    Tell you what.

    Why don't you start by pointing me to a pro pollution promoter and we will talk. Until then, you are just another idiot.
     
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    Good to see you are your normal, irrational, self.
     
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    We need to pollute just as much as China so we can compete with them.
     
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    Which part is irrational?

    The part about anti-regulation being the free market position? Um, no. That's more or less the definition of the 'free market'. But don't take my word for it, go read 'Capitalism and Freedom' by Milton Friedman. A good read with a lot of good arguments actually.

    Or the part about the free market failing to adequately keep pollution in check? Um no. The evidence on that one proves it to be a slam dunk.

    Sorry, not only is it rational, it's fact. :thup:
     

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