Thursday, July 09, 2009

I'm not going to live by others' standards

I'm going to quote James Wesley Rawles, in its entirety, from today's Economics and Investing segment, from his excellent SurvivalBlog:
"New climate strategy: track the world's wealthiest. This is the sort of fallacious logic that foments envy, and inevitably class warfare. Yes, Americans do use a disproportionately large portion of the world's natural resources. But we also create correspondingly more with those resources. The gross domestic product (GDP) of the US is tremendous. Here is an illustration. (California, just by itself is the sixth largest economy in the world.) Consider this: Why does Kenya Airlines have Boeing 747s in their fleet? Because someone in America builds them. Could those planes be made in Kenya? No, because they have neither the expertise nor the manufacturing infrastructure. Is this situation somehow "exploitive"? No! As my old friend "Jeff Trasel" says: "Please don't tell me that I somehow magically 'owe the world' more because my 'carbon footprint' is larger. Well, so is my productivity!" I agree with Jeff. Carbon footprint calculations and swaps of carbon credits are nothing but voodoo economics and socialist scheming."
My emphasis at the end.

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