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The Environment Needs a Global Government
Raymond Long's blog: 2016-Apr-15
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For years there have been international conventions aiming to agree on measures to protect the environment, such as the UN climate talks in Copenhagen 2009 and Paris 2016. These meetings need agreement between all or most countries in the world, which is hard to get.
Environmental restrictions, such as taxes on carbon emissions or banning the felling of rain forest, hurts a country's economy. Each country is tempted to stay out of the international agreement, not impose these restrictions, and thus gain economic growth denied to other countries.
Companies that want to pollute and ravage the earth for their own profit will tend to move their activities to countries with the least environmental restrictions. They'll bribe corruptible governments to drop environmental restrictions. They'll fund political parties, campaign groups and biased research which push the idea that environmental protection is unnecessary. (I take this idea to its logical conclusion, with the air becoming unbreatheable, in my novel MORE THAN HUMAN.)
Imagine this instead. There's only one government covering the whole world. Environmentalists only have to persuade one government instead of about 200. The government won't fear losing out to its competitors, because it has no competitors. It would be so much easier to protect the environment.
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