Originally posted by Astyanax
If anything bids fair to drive the rest of us to hate Americans (which I, for one, do not...yet), it is this issue and the selfish,
I'm-all-right-jack attitude so many Americans take to it. It is simply nauseating.
there is medication for that.
Please do not make the rest of world more disgusted with America than they already are. All the nukes in the world won't save you if the rest of the
us really get mad.
oh please...get a grip man.
I get quite sick of all the "unintelligent" American bashing that goes on in this global warming debate.
America does not want to sign an agreement because yes....it will effect our economy the most. selfish you say? no, it is self preservation. why in
the world would we want to shoot our selves in the foot. its just bad sense. we are willing to do our part outside of a non-binding agreement. we do
everyday. there are lots of solutions being discussed in our universities, and our corporations. why? because we realize we need to change. the
reason we choose this route, is so we set our our course for change. there is nothing wrong with looking out for and promoting ones own interest over
the whole. how selfish you say again? again, it is just self preservation. our elected leaders have a duty to uphold the rights and interest of the
people of the United State of America. not the world. this is how it has worked from the beginning of the US. its not new.
American people do choose, on their own, to be better stewarts of the enviroment. foreign manufactures of cars sales have passed up the domestic gas
giant car manufactures a long time ago. homes, which had a large boom in the past 6 years, are being built much more energy efficient than older
homes. there are many incentives in place to buy more energy efficient vehicles. and I work in the petrol-chemical industries, and I can tell you,
emissions are taken very seriously with respect to new plants being built.
but, I will admit, it is the old stuff that is the problem. and while we are among the richest of the developed countries, our poor and middle class
can only afford the older homes and vehicles on the market. and to legislate a tax, or mandatory update upon them will destroy the consuming economy,
which is what our economy is built on. and if our economy is destroyed, how do expect people to make the more expensive choices for change?
Kyoto is a joke. it is a "cap and trade" system. what do you think will happen when one of the richest nations will be forced into this system.
we will buy credits. which doesn't reduce c02 at all. its kind of like buying penance form the church, it doesn't work. then everybody will still
cry America is not doing their part. that they are cheating the system and what not.
you say you cant point fingers. its everbodies responsibility to contribute. yet, the finger is being squarely pointed at the US. doesn't make
so we are alone on the stage of global warming. that's ok. I see nothing wrong with lobbying to create a system that works well for everybody, not
just the majority.
now I know all of you more intelligent people will tell me how wrong I am. fine by me. I can accept that I may be totally and completely wrong on all
of the above. but you, will still be mired in your hatred for America. have fun with your nausea.