Thursday, July 13, 2006

Textbook Example: "Special Interest"

Duke Power wants to get one of its sulfur dioxide-belching power plants on the border of Rutherford and Cleveland counties exempted from the state air pollution rules, because ... well, just because cutting pollution is (to quote El Presidente) HAAAARD.

Add this phrase to your Brave New World lexicon: "pollution swap." Definition: the stuff going up your nostrils is of less importance than keeping a large corporation perfectly happy. Your breathing problems are an "externality," a cost of doing business that does not (incidentally) fall on the business doing it but on all the rest of us. Actually legislating a mandate that ordinary citizens should breathe more corporate poison is just one of those wonderful by-products of cost-benefit analysis.

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