… is from page 5 of Bjorn Lomborg’s still-indispensable data-rich 2001 volume, The Skeptical Environmentalist:
The constant repetition of the Litany [that modern market activity is destroying the environment] and the often heard environmental exaggerations has serious consequences. It makes us scared and it makes us more likely to spend our resources and attention solving phantom problems while ignoring real and pressing (possibly non-environmental) issues. This is why it is important to know the real state of the world.
And as Lomborg documents in great and careful detail throughout this volume (as well as in follow-up research), the state of the world – the condition of the environment and the health and well-being of humans – continues to improve wherever private property rights are at least reasonably secure and markets are at least reasonably free.