Economic Development V.S. Environmental Protection by Ming Liu
Finally it is getting cold lately in Syracuse. But can you imagine that about three months ago the weather was like burning? Maybe people from twenty years ago did not even need a fan to get through the summers. Today, because of global warming, we are even afraid to go to the places without air conditioning.
At first, we want to figure out why global warming is getting worse gradually. Some people might say that the development of industry could be one of the reasons why the global temperature is getting higher day by day. However, even though the gases industries discharge could cause global warming, who can prove that global warming is mainly caused by those industries? Two years ago, the Fraser Institute invited Doctor Ross McKitrick to give a speech about global warming; he mentioned that the concept that the global temperature will rapidly increase in the future lacks evidence; if the industries could operate with other “cleaner” ways on production, global warming would get slow down or even stop.
There might be unfairness between countries with different levels of development. In those developed countries, since they already have the abundant materials and improved technology, there is going to be a bigger chance for them to do a good job on protecting environment than other developing or undeveloped countries. However, the environment has already been destroyed by those developed countries and then they came up to the stage criticizing other countries which did not go through the processes of environmental protection.
Is economic development always being against to environmental protection? In my opinion, “sustainable growth” should be the main goal we are looking for. Depending on the technology we have today, we will figure out the ways to balance between economy and environment.