“They took paradise and turned it into a parking lot.”
No, we took paradise and turned it into a junk yard.
Let’s take a good look at Puerto Rico (PR). We see absolute disaster. Then we can look into a mirror and ask, “Who’s responsible for this mess?” Look real hard. Maybe you can see the answer!
Scientists say everything has a cause. So, what is the cause of Hurricane Marie? Most scientists say it was global warming.
Of course, President Trump and his friends deny this. Trump says that all we need as a faster growing economy and jobs, jobs, jobs. Then and we will have paradise. Free enterprise has the answer to everything. Perhaps our economic growth will not stop these, ever more frequent and ever more disastrous, hurricanes, but at least we will have the money to rebuild places like PR every time these hurricanes occur. Like every few years.
Is there any validity to this line of reasoning?
So, maybe the scientists are right. But then, what — who — caused global warming? Let’s look back into the mirror.
Certainly, the Puerto Ricans are as guilty as anyone. Like everyone else in the world, they consume as many goods and services as they can, and then they want more. If fact, PR was nearly bankrupt and deeply in debt (consuming more than they were producing) before Maria. And certainly, there was no movement in PR to do their part in reducing global warming.
But they are only 5 million people. How much did the 350 million Americans contribute to global warming, that is, contribute to Maria? How about 70 times more than the Puerto Ricans.
Being vegans and refraining from eating animals and animal products is the most effective thing an average individual can do to stop global warming. How many Puerto Ricans and Americans refrain from eating animal products?
The U.S. contributes around 25% of the world’s consumption of goods and services, and it contributes around 25% of the world’s pollution and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. China and India, with their large populations – all craving to have what Americans have – are not far behind.
But to hell with PR, let’s just continue what we are doing….only more so. Last year 70% of car sales were mini vans, with their low gas mileage. We are driving more than ever, filling the highways with bumper-to-bumper traffic. We are flying more to our wonderful vacations and business meetings. We are lining up at McDonald’s and Burger King more than ever, as our waistlines expand. We are building bigger and bigger houses. We all want our kids to consume more goods and services than we did.
And let’s keep it up. Let’s keep the world economy growing until much more of the world is like PR.
Or perhaps we could say, “Ok, enough is enough. We got the message. Let’s now become adults and be responsible for the earth.”