I dare you to sail your boat past Somalia, the world's most perfect non-governmental-regulation utopia.
Another good example of what happens in a regulation-free environment.
I have. I worked for the big evil oil drilling company when it was half the size it is now and spent a lot of time in fine places like Nigeria, Gabon, Malabo, Azerbaijan, Venezuela, etc. The closest to Somalia was Maldives to Mauritius to Port Elizabeth then up the East Coast of Africa to Dakar then up and across the pond to Halifax on a very slow and big target. Trust me, there are plenty of regulations in these countries that are setup to benefit those in charge and heck with the people. Somalia is a bad example as it is a case of anarchy and I won't go into my opinion of why and how we are partially at fault.
At the macro level of these governments say I am driving over the speed limit with a local in front of me and behind me. I get pulled over and am forced to pay a fine in cash right then and there. Define it however you like, but that is the selective way Regulations work, we are just better at hiding that in the US behind whatever..
Good point. That is why wealthy countries like the USA and Canada should be leading the way to caring for the planet.
We have been. So, wouldn't you rather be out doing something as an individual and hope that other individuals watch and learn from you then lose every freedom you have because you will need to be regulated when there are only a couple corporations and large government running things when we can no longer trust the individual.
I may be missing your point. Are you suggesting that the government should be in the business of cleaning up private companies messes and use fines to fund this activity? Wouldn't it be better if people and companies didn't mess things up to begin with?
Well, the EPA requires a fee that is ear marked to cleanup messes. Those "fees" are not used where they are supposed to. Really to clean up the past when there was no regulation and growth came first - as China is going through today.
If the Government is going to collect a fee or tax that was created to provide a specific function, then they should use it for that. The problem with new regulations, taxes, etc. is they rarely stay true to the intent. All things start with good intentions, but almost always end up tainted.
I don't know anything in the Constitution of the United States that says oil belongs to all the people. That sounds like Karl Marx talking. But with all this regulation and tax, it does not belong to the people, it belongs to the Government. If I don't pay my taxes, the Government will take my house and sell it to the highest bidder and keep the profits - not redistribute it to the people.
Right now, we are all profiting. I even have stock and 401K interest in oil and I am not a rich person by any stretch, but if I lost that "profit," I would sure feel it.
Just like the copper analogy, oil goes into a lot more than just running in our cars and every drop is refined into something and everything we do and use is bound to the black magic. The idea that one oil company is profiting off the sweat of the people is ludicrous. How many people are employed, how many other companies are dependent on it, and how many of us are small shareholders...
The best way to innovate new technology is by necessity. Running out creates necessity, not keeping it locked up in the ground.
Because that oil belongs to the people of the USA, including future people. Since the USA is a net exporter of petroleum, oil companies are using up a national resource in return for excessive short-term profits for their shareholders and executives. (There is plenty of profit in the domestic market.)
I still hold to my beliefs that it is up to us as individuals. It is up to us to raise our kids, not the government. It is up to us to teach them to be individuals and respect the planet and the people who we share it with.
Why are humans so stupid to sit and listen to a leader getting rich talking the talk, but refuses to walk the walk with you.
The best part of being free is we are allowed to talk and debate and change our minds and express our opinions freely. One thing I will never forget is going across Check Point Charlie when I was in high school to visit East Berlin while the USSR still controlled it and we were allowed to go in the early 80's. That was a government FULL of regulation and it was a sad, sad place.