In situations like this, I think there should be committees in place at an international level that convene and agree to isolate and punish countries that act in this way. And yes, this includes the United States where applicable.
The problem is that unevolved (selfish) cultures/economies/countries will do ANYTHING to get ahead. They don’t think about anyone but themselves in the present time, let alone in the future. The sad truth is that these people must be regulated; they simply lack the sophistication and decency to regulate themselves without outside influence.
This sort of hard-line policy from the international community needs to be supplemented with actual help in doing the right thing as well, since we can’t retard someone’s growth perpetually on account of environmental concerns.
I consider the destruction of the rain forests to be another such situation. The problem is that those motivated by selfishness and greed cannot be allowed to control natural resources that yield benefit to them financially or otherwise. And the difference between having a strong moral compass and ignoring it vs. not having one really matters very little in the end. But at least in the former case you can appeal to one’s sense of decency, whereas with the latter bribes and force are really your only options.
Either way, something must be done.
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