Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Powerful Economies Screw Up the Environment... Don't They?

A couple of Heritage Foundation trade analysts had a dumbfounding brilliant and obvious idea. They looked at Yale's Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) and the Wall Street Journal/Heritage Index of Economic Freedom, and observed how they correlated. When meshing the two together, they produced this graph, which doesn't require any explanation.

Oh, and a parting golden nugget of wisdom:

I sued Taco Bell
'Cause I ate half a million Chalupas
And I got fat!
I sued Panasonic
They never said I shouldn't use their microwave
To dry off my cat
Huh, I sued Earthlink
'Cause I called them up
N' they had the nerve to put me on hold
I sued Starbucks
'Cause I spilled a Frappucino in my lap
And brrr, it was cold!

-- Weird Al, "I'll Sue Ya"


andolini said...

The developed countries have more economic activities and naturally exploits the environment at a larger scale compared to the less developed nations. What I would like to know is if they are doing enough to heal the environment. said...

I agree! Those who gained more from utilizing the environment should also take the lead in restoring and developing the environment. said...

Oops.. sorry for making a mess of your comments page.

Anonymous said...

Do it. Historical precedent is on your side.
"I spilled hot coffee on my lap, so I sued McDonalds, and got 7 million bucks!"

A relative of mine was telling me that how a friend of his had both kneecaps break on himself while he was just outside the door of a McDonalds. As soon as the employees got to him, the first thing they asked him was:

"Do you want to file a claim?"

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