Bottom Line or Balancing Act?
The problem with such a prescription [ie. balancing approaches] is that it requires the kind of directive and controlling approach to economic and social activity that must inevitably focus on trade-offs reached in a judicative euphoria. Many still feel comfortable with that approach, usually on the grounds that their view of needs and opportunities will win out on the day. In truth, it is an approach to resource use that is fraught with uncertainties for developers and environmentalists alike (Upton 1995: 25).