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by Sam Pearson posted on Mar 30, 2009 09:06 PM last modified Mar 20, 2012 10:08 AM

Who is first out of the starting gate, economic or ecological meltdown? It all depends on where you start keeping score.

In a belated response to all the concerned lawmakers stacking up dollar bills to "make it real" and bring home our out-of-control spending, I propose that they/we would do well to contemplate Chris Jordan's visceral realizations of our material consumption (, since the visual editor isn't working) -- sadly quite on par with our spending. I agree, we should be appalled -- and cut the consumption already. Too bad their concern for our spendthrift ways only boils over when it's spelled out in dollars rather than externalized in raw resource depletion -- they don't mind leaving their children and grandchildren an extreme deficit in terms of natural capital -- soil, water, air, toxin sinks all over-drawn irreparably. Nah, it's just the dollar signs that get them...
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