Originally Posted by Bergermeister
What is wrong with cleaning up the planet?
Well there is that whole consensus that CO2 is a "pollutant" since it is entirely naturally occurring. You are polluting the planet by breathing out, hence living has now been defined as an environmental hazard.
There there is the secondary belief that the planet must maintain its current stasis forever with regard to temperature when nothing in the past indicates this as a natural state.
It is very childish to say well, he isn't doing it, so I don't have to, and this is the position the US is taking; behavior like a spoiled child that any teacher worthy of receiving minimum wage would squash immediately in a classroom. The "leader of the free world" should lead in solving issues, not creating them. If the US were to jump on the wagon here, it would give many more countries a reason to follow suit. As it is, nobody can say or do anything because the world's biggest and most selfish nation doesn't give a crud about anything other than its own immediate materialistic desires.
We can be the absolute leader in whatever we desire withing giving the U.N. some sort of global tax authority and also without having the mentality that we must sacrifice the known present to protect some unknown future.
You claim no one can do anything without our leadership and that is a lie as well.
Tax the US and redistribute the wealth? That's a great idea! Did you know that the US throws away every day as much edible food as the entire starving population in Africa needs to stay healthy for a month?
Yet you would take the system that produces the excess and have it kneel down and adopt the standard of the system that produces starvation. That makes no sense and in fact is endorsing harm.
Finally there is the profound illogic in being judged by someone with your own morals when they do not hold or respect them. The U.S. endorses sustainability and does not need the definition of this dictated to them by organizations that in their bickering and refusal to address reality end up harming the lives and causing hunger among their populations. This is analogous to the cheating husband damning the faithful wife for leaving him because she made a commitment.