Politics of sustainability

The politics of a presidential campaign might sharpen thinking about sustainable development. It's a serious but fuzzy subject. Oil and gas companies persistently attest to their commitment to sustainable development. But what, exactly, is it?The phrase grew out of a 1987 report by the United Nations Commission on Environment and Development, which offered this definition: "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Under many interpretations this has come to mean development that uses up nothing and disturbs as little as possible on land, at sea, and in the air.Is development able to occur under tho...

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