According to one of the comments, he may nto be back tracking.
Doesn't matter. He never had a chance.
Plus I hate hate HATE that idea that the economy and ecology are always in opposition. As if you can even have an economy without an ecology[/quote]
Economy and ecology are opposites if your only goal is to maximize short-time profit. Then you can ignore that long-time costs of polluting the area, including making almost the whole population sick and practically destroying the local economy (as people are sick, the area is a wasteland and who can runs away from it). Which means who ignores it is either ignorant or sociopath.
Sane politicians and economists at least try to minimize the environmental damage that the industry produces, as it's cheaper in long-term.
Plus I hate hate HATE that idea that the economy and ecology are always in opposition. As if you can even have an economy without an ecology
This. Pollution costs a lot more to society than the cost of preventing it. If they had to pay for the damage they caused to health, property, crops, tourism, etc., things would be a lot cleaner. They'd become tree hugging hippies. Extremely rich tree hugging hippies.