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The ABC's of Government Planning


When governments are planning, they should not hamper the
economic development of a country by worrying about the
quality of life and other environmental concerns. The
economy should be put ahead of all else. Money spent on
protecting the environment is better spent on projects to
encourage economic development. With a good economy, the
disposal of garbage and toxic waste is made much easier.
The government should make economic development the highest
priority. By using the environment to their advantage, they
will be able to increase the economy even more. For
instance, if they were to give large permits to loggers,
the loggers would then be able to cut more trees, thus
increasing the economy. For those who say that people
should not cut trees because they are the source of the
oxygen we need to breathe, remember that the "seaweed in
the ocean is the largest producer of oxygen and the largest
user of carbon dioxide" (Dietz 34). When compared to
seaweed, trees are small potatoes in terms of the amount of
oxygen produced.
It is best to not worry about the environment, while
pursuing economic growth; it has lasted this long so it
will make it through us also. "Many people have lost their
jobs because someone decided that you can no longer do
something to the environment." (Hellyer 22). This was
recently the case in Newfoundland when the government
decided that the fishers could no longer fish. For many
this was a deadly blow as fishing was all they knew and now
they have no way of making an income. This is just one of
many examples of how giving the environment a higher
priority than the economy has negative effects. Once a good
economy has been created, people can then go back and help
the environment. It must be done in this order for numerous
reasons. One such reason is that a healthy environment will
help no one, unless there is a thriving economy to go with
it. "But getting a good environment with a good economy is
extremely hard." (Kerr 174). On the other side of the coin,
creating an environment after there is a thriving economy
is much easier. When one has a good economy, it does not
matter what states the environment is in. Once we have
achieved a strong economy, we can then focus more on the
environment. Lately, we have been searching for places to
dispose of our garbage. If we were to all truck it to the
Grand Canyon and dump it there, are problem would be
solved. The Grand Canyon offers an almost limitless amount
of space for dumping our tremendous amount of garbage.
There will be those who complain that it is a major tourist
attraction, so it should be left alone. However, all the
Grand Canyon is is a giant hole in the ground. If you are
the type of person who would miss looking at a hole, then
grab yourself a shovel and head out to your backyard. If
you do not feel like digging a hole that big, dig a small
one then use a magnifying glass to increase the size of it.
By doing this, we solve our garbage problem and allow
everyone to have a tourist attraction in their own yard. We
even increase the transfer of money among private citizens
(you can charge money to people who want to look at your
hole, and you could sell the dirt from your hole as top
soil). Another bonus of having a robust economy, is that we
can afford to properly dispose of toxic waste. This idea
has been proposed numerous times in the last few years but
always greeted with a negative response do to the money
involved. Now however, with the economy flourishing so
much, we can afford to jettison the toxic waste into the
sun. The technology for this has been around for years but
has always been cost prohibitive. Having a good economy
will also allow us to help society as a whole. With all the
money we will have, people should help those who are less
fortunate, we will not but we should. We will be able to
reduce poverty. There will also be more money to spend on
education and health care. This spending in turn will make
the next generation better and stronger than the one before
them. As long as the economy is arranged to be more
important then the environment, the country as a whole will
flourish. Once we have secured a booming economy, we will
be able to put out attention to other areas of interest and
concern. If you are the type to forget which order they
should be put in, simply turn to the alphabet, "ec" from
economy comes before "en" from environment. Simple right. I
leave you now to ponder what I said with this song to
reinstate my views.
Works Cited
Dietz, Thomas and James McEvoy III. Handbook for
Environmental Planning: The 

Social Consequences of Environmental Change. New York:
Wiley Inc.,
Hellyer, Paul. Funney Money: A Common Sense Alternative to
Mailline Economics.
Toronto: Chimo Media Limited, 1994.
Kerr, M. Anne. Environment-Economy Integration: Introducing
the Concept.
Toronto: McCormiks Ltd., 1987.
Python, Monty. The Fairly Incomplete and Rather Badly
Illustrated Monty
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