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Public Goods in "Two Cars in Every Garage, Three Eyes on Every Fish" - The Simpsons
by Dirk Mateer `

Bart and Lisa catch a three eyed fish while fishing in a public pond that is being polluted by Mr. Burns' nuclear power plant. This scene exemplifies the problems associated with externalities and addresses often suggested solutions and the corresponding tradeoffs. The major problems associated with negative production externalities are clearly seen as Bart holds up a three-eyed fish with the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant looming in the background. The often ignored cost of regulation becomes clear when Mr. Burns’ assistant Smithers reports that it would cost “approximately fifty-six million dollars” to bring the plant up to government standards. A great question to ask your students is why is Mr. Burns so careless about polluting the water and why are more individuals not concerned with stopping him?

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"Two Cars in Every Garage, Three Eyes on Every Fish" - The Simpsons by Created by Matt Groening, Directed by Wesley Archer, Written by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Sam Simon (1990) Bart and Lisa catch a three eyed fish while fishing in a public property lake being polluted by a nuclear power plant.