[BiturboS4] mostly ranting
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Fri Oct 18 12:50:21 EDT 2002
--- Walter J Green Jr <vr6pilot at hotmail.com> wrote:
> wow, what a bunch of rubbish. per capita, 3rd world countries like Mexico
> pour out WAY more pollutants into the air.
Well, despite what a selfish natured country we are, we SHOULD do SOMETHING to
help other nations thrive. It is a known fact, as Walter says, that third world
countries pollute a ton more than industrialized nations. BUT, there is a
learning curve and we are well into it and should act more responsible.
Mexicans (and all third world people) that have trouble simply feeding their
families have things to worry about other than pollution. Ideally, they would
be concerned but I don't blame them. Until they can get on their own two feet
(ideally with the help of rich, developed nations), we need to bear some of
Mexico has, in the recent decade, drastically reduced their pollutants as their
economy has strengthened. This is what we expect (from all developing
countries)and the Mexican government is putting laws into place (though quite
lax compared to our own) to make them a better global citizen.
What I like most is the fact that we are the least charitable industrialized
country (GO USA!!!), we don't want Mexicans and other foreigners in our
borders, don't want them to pollute but we still don't mind their labour
conditions when we buy cheap things made there. As human beings we must realize
that they too are humans and make some concessions. Things like NAFTA have
helped enormously. We have a real nice life in this country and I think we can
slightly diminish our standard of living if it helps people that live in what
we would consider poverty but they think of as normal. </soapbox>
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