Phone call for RH Coase!

Every year apparently, a large toxic cloud lifts off from the island of Sumatra and settles in on the Malay peninsula. It also seems that Singapore and Malaysia somehow don’t like it and give voice to their displeasure.

Indonesia’s veep has an excellent response to those rich whiners though:

“Look at how long they have enjoyed fresh air from our green environment and forests when there were no fires. Could be months. Are they grateful? But when forest fires occur, a month at the most, haze pollutes their regions. So why should there be an apology?”

Take a bow, Ronald Coase!!! Hey Singapore: put up or shut up.

Of course the cloud of death is caused by, “massive amounts of dense smoke coming from fires that are illegally set to cheaply burn trees or peat off the land—land that can be more profitably used for producing paper or palm oil.”

So I don’t think Indonesia will be in the fresh air business even part time for very much longer.

I do seriously think that rich countries paying poor countries to not pollute so much is an excellent idea though.

Hat to to  at Quartz.