Some people argue that companies and private individuals, rather than governments, should pay the bill for pollution. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Environmental pollution is a burning issue these days and to save our planet Earth, it has to be tackled on a war footing. Some individuals are of the opinion that businesses and individuals should pay for the bill of pollution rather than the government. Although asking them to do so seems reasonable, it would not be easy. Therefore, I disagree with the above statement. In the following paragraphs, I shall put forth my arguments to support my views.
First of all, it may not be possible to say who is to blame. For instance, my hometown has a sugar mill, a starch mill, and a textile mill. All are adding to pollution in their own way. It would be very difficult to pinpoint the extent to which each one has to pay for pollution. Such businesses will find loopholes to avoid heavy bills. Therefore, the government should take the onus of handling the pollution costs.
Secondly, the big companies may be unwilling to accept the responsibility of paying the additional bill of pollution by saying that they are already paying heavy taxes to the government. They could also argue that they indirectly assist the government by aiding many charity organizations.
Moreover, in places where governments have tried this policy and successfully prosecuted the companies who violated the law, it took years to get the result. Therefore, it would be impractical to make companies and individuals pay the bill for pollution. The governments could, however, make it mandatory for companies to set up effluent treatment plants and subsidize them greatly to increase compliance of the companies to set them up.
To put it in a nutshell, I am saying that pollution is a serious issue and the government should not leave it to the individuals and companies to pay the bill. However, it can make it mandatory for companies to set up effluent treatment plants to minimize pollution.