Should the proposed berm at Riverbend be approved?

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David Bates

Infinite growth on a planet with finite resources is impossible, and is therefore not "sustainable." I realize that such a statement is fraught with historical baggage and even political implications. It is not, however, an expression of opinion. It’s math. It’s physics. It’s geography. It’s chemistry. It seems to me that the question of what to do with all the waste industrial civilization produces needs to take that into account. More landfills with higher berms ignores the question altogether.

Don Dix


If as you state, "More landfills with higher berms ignores the question altogether", which waste solution does not ignore the question?

David Bates

My point is that a "solution" to the problem of waste involves more than simply finding a spot on a map where the fewest number of people object to having a mountain of trash blot out the horizon. The premise of the debate over waste management is, as Mr. Hutchinson claims, that we can have "prosperity driven by ... sustainable growth." I do not agree with that statement. A "prosperity" that is in harmony with the planet's ecological health, which is the only kind of prosperity we should be strive for, cannot be "driven" by endlessly topping the previous year's GDP.

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