Give yourself up for the already-better

Ronald Bailey quotes Bill Becker:

Intergenerational ethics argue against us leaving massive, intractable
problems for future generations, forcing them to deal in perpetuity
with nuclear wastes, carbon sequestration sites and geo-engineering
systems — all subject to human error and to failures that would be
deadly.

And then lets him have it:

Really? Perhaps intergenerational ethics tells us that poor people (us)
should not sacrfice their livelihoods, health and welfare for rich
people (future generations).

That kind of response probably doesn't make sense to a lot of the doom-and-gloom environmental types because they don't imagine that technology and experience will make the future better. 

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