The United States of America

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"Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society." – George Washington


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The US is often criticized for being by far the world's heaviest per-capita consumer of natural resources (natural resource consumption is often referred to as the "ecological footprint" of a given entity). However, some additional facts should be considered:

  • If the ranking is calculated in terms of consumption per gross domestic product, the US is far down the list and well under the global biocapacity per gross domestic product [1] The question then becomes: who is benefiting from all that GDP?
  • The US government contributes $27 billion in foreign aid, and "American charities accounted for $6.9 billion, or fully half the world's overseas private aid and relief donations." [2] So we are not just keeping all that domestic product for ourselves.
  • Much of what the US produces (and invents) is technology to help others use fewer resources over the long term, e.g. cellphones, solar power, the internet. (Consider also the Peace Corps, and other such exports.)

These bits of information seem like good cause for rethinking some things.

Related references: wikipedia:Chart of exports and production of oil by nation