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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 10:46 AM
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17. It is a legitimate appeal to the principle of similar circumstances.
And you have shown no meaningful difference. You outsource your battery recycling to others. The US is doing the very same thing on an international scale. In this case there is no moral or legal obligation for the consumer, whether it is an individual or a nation, to perform the actual recycling themselves.

According to the familiar meme you are repeating, it's always the responsibility of the US when there's a problem in Mexico, and never the fault of the Mexicans themselves. I don't buy into that.

I don't think Mexicans are so incompetent that they incapable of running their own country. And I don't believe they want to be governed like a US colony. Nobody is forcing them to take these used batteries and the US recycling jobs that go with them. But in your misguided empathy, you want to deny them that option in order to protect them from themselves.

As you have noted, we promote safe recycling standards in the USA. Other nations, even infamously polluting China, are taking their own steps to protect themselves from lead contamination. I want Mexico to do the same and I think this is a reasonable expectation.
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