Physical reality is always more important than how we rationalize it. And the truth is that this culture is based on privatizing benefits and externalizing costs. In other words, on exploiting others and leaving messes behind.
In 2013 industries dumped 23 million pounds of chemicals into the Ohio River, making it the most polluted body of water in the United States for the 7th year in a row. But one company alone, AK Steel, released 73% of those chemicals.