“[People claim] that rich countries are better environmental stewards than poor countries. The widely cited Environmental Performance Index published annually by Yale and Columbia universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum show this claim to be false. … Ecuador sits in 31st place, ahead of Canada (37th) and the United States (49th). Four other relatively poor Latin American nations outperform Canada, including Costa Rica, Brazil and Colombia. Indeed most of the nations ranked ahead of Canada are less wealthy in economic terms.”
Well, it’s great that some Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil and Colombia do well vs Canada, but I think the way I would frame this is very different. If you are a rich country, you can easily do a good job (like most of Western Europe), but some countries are lame and choose to not. (US, Canada).
What else is new.