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By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted June 19, 2009 at 14:50:12

mikeonthemountain >> Polluting water ... paper mills, coca cola, oil industry ... private.

I agree that private companies will try to pollute if it's cheaper, but if another private corporation owned the land that Coke, oil industry, paper mills wanted to pollute on, my argument is that they would do more to prevent this than the government currently does. The reason why private landowners would stop pollution from taking place on their land/water, is because not doing so would eat into their long term profits.

Conversely, politicians don't stand to gain monetarily if they keep public land clean, so why should they stop it. Think about it this way, who stands to gain more from combating pollution, the guy who will lose millions if it takes place, or a politician who gets a bigger budget when it takes place?

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