posted on May, 19 2008 @ 01:53 PM
I call total bullcrap on this survey. I just took it for myself and scored a 61. I am about as far from being an eco-warrior as you can get as I
drive an SUV, drink bottled water daily, and could give a damn about most of the questions they asked as far as our sense of "entitlement" goes.
This is a totally unscientific survey which has been carried out in such a way that anyone who wished to make the US look bad could have easily logged
into the survey and taken it under the guise of being truthfull, but in reality answering with the worst possible sequence of answers purely to make
it appear as though the average American damages the environment more than the average non-American.
Let me ask this... who do you believe is more hurtfull of the environment...
Person 'A' who makes a decent living and consumes accordingly, while also paying high taxes for environmental causes, follows basic workplace &
residential ettiquette which pretty much dictates you throw your recyclables in one recepticle and your trash in another, uses a low-flow toilet
because their country's law requires all new constructions be equipped with them, pays environmental surcharges for all the electricity, fuel, and
many electronic devices they buy, and on top of all of that the stores they shop at often have some sort of percentage kick-back week in which a
percentage of profits from sales are donated to various eco programs.
Person 'B' who lives in a country which is overpopulated to the extreme, they crap and urinate in the weeds behind their shanty because their
villiage has no indoor plumbing available, they do most of their cooking over wood fires which produce smoke and ash at a phenominally higher rate
than their American counterparts who are using clean burning natural gas or electric stoves, gasoline, while used by fewer people than in America,
reeks of rotten eggs when burned there because of the insane levels of sulfer in the loosely regulated gas, their homes are, again, heated by either
wood, coal, or in rare cases oil burning stoves, recycling is basically unheard of because many of them are forced to either have a family garbage pit
in the back yard or else they burn their trash thanks to no provided trash removal services.
Use common sense here, folks. Americans may overconsume, but to attempt to paint us as doing less to protect the environment than some third world
cess pool resident is ludacrous.