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Lawrence Lessig on Environment

 

 


We don't own Earth; we hold it in trust for our children

Our values teach us that we don't own this planet. We hold it in trust for our children. And we must pass to them as rich and diverse a world as we inherited from our parents. This is a moral principle that it has taken too long for us to recognize, and act upon.

It is my view that polluters should clean up their pollution or pay the cost for the damage they've done. In this context, that principle translates into a strong demand that carbon emitters pay the price for what they do. I would support a carbon tax, which would force them to internalize the cost of what they're doing, thereby raising the price of dirty energy, and shifting demand to clean alternatives.

That principle also means that we must do much more to stop the pollution of our air and waters by corporations who have convinced Congress to exempt them from this basic obligation.

Source: 2016 presidential campaign website Lessig2016.us, `Issues` , Oct 29, 2015

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