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in e inflic t ed hngeenviro n mental damage. Its operators dis- charged 90million tons of tailings i nto the local r iv er system ~ pol. lutin g the main sou r ce of li v elihood for the 40,000 people living in th e 120 villa g es d o wnstrea.J . aBHP was sued in the '90 s by i n ~ GREEN PROTEST Sh o uld e nvironm e ntal co s ts becount e d ag a i n s tGDP? P ap uan stud e nt s (abov e ) d e mand c losur e of afor e ign-run mining pp e rati o n. " digenous landowners and settled for millions of dollars , but the agreemental s oindeIIlBi f ie d BHP from f u ture dam a ge s. T he bur- ' den of much of the envi r onmenta l repa i r was l e f t to t he country. The US O i s no e x ceptio n . America ' s e n e r gy p oli cy h a s been based on " dr a in Americaf ir st" ; asweha v e u sed up a signif i c a n t share of our sc a rce oilreserv'es , thecountry has bec o me pooreI ; even ifGDP has done well As oi l isused up , Ame r ica ma y tu rn i n c r easi ng ly t o coal , wb i chhas large enVi r onme n tal costs t ha t s h o ul d be . r ef le c t e d by green accounting. In th e cas e of ca r bon diox- i de and o th er green hou se ga s e s - now traded in Eu r op~ w ecan , for instance , pu t a d ol l a r va l ue on the emission s . S u c h me cha n i sms c a n h e lp us e v alua t e environmen t al damage an d q u a n t if y i t s . impact on the eco n om y .
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