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The ABCs of Government PlanningWhen governments are planning they should not hamper the economicdevelopment of a country by worrying about the quality of life and otherenvironmental concerns The economy should be put ahead of all else Money spent on protecting the environment is better spent on projects toencourage economic development With a good economy the disposal ofgarbage and toxic waste is made much easier The government should make economic development the highest priority By using the environment to their advantage they will be able to increasethe economy even more For instance if they were to give large permits tologgers the loggers would then be able to cut more trees thus increasingthe economy For those who say that people should not cut trees becausethey are the source of the oxygen we need to breathe remember that theseaweed in the ocean is the largest producer of oxygen and the largest userof carbon dioxide Dietz 34 When compared to seaweed trees are smallpotatoes in terms of the amount of oxygen produced It is best to not worry about the environment while pursuingeconomic growth it has lasted this long so it will make it through us also Many people have lost their jobs because someone decided that you can nolonger do something to the environment Hellyer 22 This was recentlythe case in Newfoundland when the government decided that the fisherscould no longer fish For many this was a deadly blow as fishing was allthey knew and now they have no way of making an income This is just oneof many examples of how giving the environment a higher priority than theeconomy has negative effects Once a good economy has been created people can then go back andhelp the environment It must be done in this order for numerous reasons One such reason is that a healthy environment will help no one unless thereis a thriving economy to go with it But getting a good environment with agood economy is
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