Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on September 4, 2012

in Cleaned by Capitalism, Environment

… is from page 215 of the 2001 Timbro edition of Roger Tanner’s translation of Johan Norberg’s brilliant book In Defense of Global Capitalism (original emphasis):

Every day in the developing countries, over 7,000 people die from air pollution when using wood, dung and agricultural waste in their homes as heating and cooking fuel.  No less than 2.8 million people are estimated to die every year from polluted indoor air.  These are supremely real “devastating environmental effects”.  Tying people down to that level of development means every year condemning millions to premature death.

I repeat: we in the modern industrialized world are lucky to be able to worry about the kinds of pollutants that we today worry about.

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