[extropy-chat] FWD [PvT] Terraforming Earth [WAS: FWD (SK) TheComing Climate Collapse]

Brent Neal brentn at freeshell.org
Fri Feb 13 23:37:38 UTC 2004

 (2/13/04 14:05) Mike Lorrey <mlorrey at yahoo.com> wrote:

>The stripped value of the land is the financial disincentive against
>deforestation. Virtually all deforestation occurs on public lands that
>are leased by industry. Leasing eliminates long term stewardship and
>negative price signalling one deals with when one owns the land and has
>to figure in future resale value.

Is that really the case when the land is more valuable to the natives as pastureland or farmland, a la the rainforest in the Amazonian basin? As far as I know, that land isn't "leased" from anyone. Your explanation makes sense in the US, with our laws and economy, but I don't think it generalizes well.

Brent Neal
Geek of all Trades

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