quoting from the adam smith institute in the context of environmental science? that's a first. Would have been the very last place I'd think of to look for a quote. Aside from the fact that quote ignores ALL costs, both social, envirnmental, ecological, of such a simple minded notion, well, no, actually that covers it adequately. Used to be that if we talked about global thinking, it meant we expanded our thinking to cover more and more costs/outcomes of actions, not fewer and fewer, but I do understand the pressure modern society imposes on people to not question it.
I think you should start learning something about ecology and the environment particularly in the context of sustainable existence, but then again, you might be a bright guy who has figured out that catering to corporate industrial interests makes for a very profitable, and very easy, career. Who can say? Not me. Your choice of words certainly say that, if that's contrary to your intention, I'd suggest stepping back from your degree and working on the communication aspect a bit more, but I think you're saying roughly what you mean, you just didn't expect anyone to call you on it. No worries, we're all happy campers in the end.
You'll have to forgive me, I think I must have misread some of your other postings, I had the impression you actually had some interest in such matters, and awareness, my mistake, pretend I never said anything. It's a mistake I'm prone to making on these forums, but one that I'm finally starting to learn to step away from. Too many great minds out there in the end to spend frittering time away that we'll never get back. Life only has so many days in it after all, and as the wise man once said, don't do things you know aren't good. Hard advice to follow, it sounds so easy though...
enjoy your hikes etc.