As I have pointed out in the Free-market environmentalism thread, the environmental degradation we have witnessed in Australia over the past 200 years has occurred under the watch of the State. Expecting another political solution that doesn’t enhance the values of some at the expense of others is lunacy. Value is subjective. But they also happen to be correct. The Environmental Kuznets Curve: The wealthier we get, the more environmental quality we demand and the market delivers. Conversely, if you ruin an economy, as for example the various environmental lobby groups advocate, these higher order needs are sacrificed. Cavemen don’t give a shit about bilbies when they’re sitting in a pitch black cave freezing their Neolithic nuts off.