While I agree that there is a big subset of ‘green imperialists’ who don’t have a clue about the underlying ecology, physics or chemistry of pollution and waste, there’s an equally big subset who know rather a lot; they tend to get ignored because it’s easier for opponents to focus on the strawmen.
Incidentally, the battery cars you (correctly) deride are being put out there by ‘private sector green innovation’. And what’s with the epithet ‘profiteers’? Surely you’re not suggesting profit is a bad thing?
I do agree with Jotham that everything looks obvious in hindsight, and historical context is important. Nevertheless, there’s an incredible lack of “if you do that then this will happen” foresight, and someone back there mentioned that this is basically because bad behavior can turned into Somebody Else’s Problem.
I’m unfamiliar with the Hooker Chemical case that tempogain was discussing, but the question arises: how is it that a private company was allowed to appropriate a vast tract of valauble public property and destroy it, without at least some financial recompense to the nominal owners: We The People? As I said earlier, the concepts of pollution, toxins or eco-bullshit don’t even come into it. The value of some small part of the US has been permanently erased, which looks a lot like theft to me.
Sorry, but that’s an enormous pile of elephant bollocks. I gave an example elsewhere of low-hanging fruit: the sorry excuse for engineering that is the Philippines tricycle (motorcycle-sidecar) fleet. These are made from rebar and zinc plate, fall to pieces within a year, and are propelled by the shittiest possible smoke-belching engines. They are so loud you can’t have a conversation with someone in the seat next to you. They also cost a fortune: about US$3500 including the motorcycle.
Reason: nobody is allowed to import, or place on the roads, anything else. Proximate cause: Rich, corrupt Filipinos stuffing cash into their pockets. Obvious solution: buy some proper mass-produced tricycles, with electric motors, and set up solar charging stations on every spare rooftop. The economics of battery power in this instance makes sense because the equipment is being used almost constantly. Won’t happen because the people at the top of the heap want to go on milking the system at the expense of every other citizen.
So no, making poor countries green won’t kill their entrepreneurism; it’ll set it free. How are you going to open a coffee shop when you got CHUGGACHUGGACHUGGA tricycles driving past at 130dB? But, as I said, it won’t happen, for pretty much the same reason things don’t get fixed in the West. Same game, different rules.