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Question asked at a WTO public forum debate:
  1. "Do you believe growth can continue?"
Answer given:
  1. "Yes I believe, provided the environmental costs are internalised in the prices of goods and services."
    (Pascal Lamy, Director-General
    of the World Trade Organisation,
    24 September 2008)

Mr Pascal Lamy forgot that it is about non-renewable resources, minerals, water, land, soils, biodiversity, a normal climate.
The question was introduced by a statement that that economic growth invariably and always increases the pressures and environmental problems.
All growth - economic expansion and population growth - increases the rates of resource use, mainly non-renewables.
Once these resources are depleted, no money can buy them back.


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  • A glossary
  • table of growth rates
  • The Problem Is Simple: Too Many People, Too Much Stuff .
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