Thursday, June 07, 2007

Well Meaning Environmental Effort from the 1970s

In the 1970s there was a well intended project that put about two million tires off the coast of Florida to create an artificial reef. The result? They didn’t support sea life and have been destroying coral. Now the state is spending $2 million to remove 700,000 of the tires to fix the problem.

The law of unintended consequences is something to keep in mind for any legislation, especially with something as complicated and intricate as the environment.

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