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Every day we teach our children about taking responsibility for their actions. Don't do this, don't do that, and sometimes when the finger shaking and warnings gets laid on really thick, it becomes good material for a stand-up comic. But, the fact is, we do teach responsibility and try to model it as adults.
One hundred forty five nations ratified the Kyoto Agreement. They recognized that in enjoying the benefits of industrialization they had a responsibility to its effects on our planet and the life it sustains.
The United States, the producer of more greenhouse gases than any other nation, refused to sign. Why? Because the greatest industrialized nation on earth, which enjoys the highest standard of living ever known, will not bow to any demand that may diminish its standard of living. But, perhaps too, we just haven't learned that second hand smoke affects everyone else.
Out of the mouth of our government, over many administrations, flows a river of moral platitudes. I wonder if they are worth a dime. But I do know that we cannot be a model of consumerism for the world and not take responsibility for our actions.