If the United States, Russia, China, etc., feel that their economy would be adversely affected if they decide to become more environmentally conscious, why should the Third World under-developed countries offer themselves as guinea pigs in an experiment that might hurt instead of help them with their sputtering economies.
It is definitely not fair to pressure other countries to “go green,” considering the fact that several industrial countries continue to destroy the environment by doing otherwise.
If the United States, Russia, China, etc. feel that their economy would be adversely affected if they decide to become more environmentally conscious, why should the Third World, underdeveloped countries offer themselves as guinea pigs in an experiment that might hurt instead of help them with their sputtering economies.
It is, indeed, immoral for the industrial countries to try to “pass the buck” to those that could only prosper economically by doing exactly what the major industrial giants are doing. For instance, China has emerged from a stagnant, socialist entity into the arena of development that is shocking. In the first place, the speed at which it has developed and continues to do so could never be expected to slow down at this stage when it is feverishly competing with the rest of the industrial countries.
Globally, the reluctance to become genuinely conscience of the environment might be unjustified; however there is ample justification to resist bringing about a consensus when giants of industry and commerce keep competing with one another, each trying to overtake the other. The United States stands firm in this respect, particularly when the theory advanced by environmentalists is not quite conducive to the economic well-being of those that consider themselves to be “in the midstream of industrial advancement,” from which they are reluctant to retreat. The United States must reflect on the fact that the industrial race is in progress, China having taken a giant step, as it is beginning to be counted in the ranks of other major industrial nations of the world.
There is also the need to cope with people in certain parts of Africa – those that would hurt severely if the United States “goes green,” when it attunes its economy to the standards required by environmentalists. Indeed, there should be a concerted effort to come together and propose an alternative as far as slowing down gas emissions.
Environmentalists should try to be flexible in their approach to such a problem. The need to “go green” is not at all a problem for the underdeveloped countries, but rather a matter of gravity for the major powers who do not trust one another in their bid for superiority.