Entrepreneurial Sins: Part 3 Environmental Degradation

That one of the byproducts of industry is pollution ought to be pretty obvious by now. So, as an example, I use a study from the University of Massachussetts-Amherst that doubles up on the entrepreneurial sins. The study shows that it is disproportionately minorities and the poor who are made to suffer from pollution--certainly not the industrialists who are making the profits.
Here is the study: http://www.peri.umass.edu/fileadmin/pdf/dpe/ctip/justice_in_the_air.pdf
And here is commentary from The Baseline Scenario:
http://baselinescenario.com/2009/05/05/pollution-race-and-poverty/#more-3548

I'll end this series of entries by clarifying that I don't believe the evils inherent in capitalism make it an evil in itself. I do believe free markets, for the most part, are part of the basis for freedom in general. The problem is that the conservative ideology that asserts that unregulated market competition is in each and every case an unqualified good has ridiculously strong traction in America.

Market competition is good. But that doesn't mean we should let entrepreneurs and rich people do whatever they want--we humans have a tendency to justify things we ought to recognize are atrocious.