The overfishing of tuna is part of a much broader problem concerning the unsustainable levels of worldwide consumption of our planet’s natural resources. Despite all the warning signs from scientists, businesses that thrive from the present levels of consumption are going to continue to try to maximize profits and ignore the environmental consequences. Additionally, it is difficult to get politicians on the side of scientists because powerful businesses and their lobbying platforms often have much more influence than a non-profit advocacy group. What is scary is what will happen when we run out of the resources that we are consuming in this unsustainable fashion, because then everyone will pay the price – even those of us not directly involved. Although we should continue to try to limit businesses with quotas (or TAC for the fishing industry), we also need to make sure these businesses pay into a system that will protect against costly, unforeseen consequences that might result from the environmental changes we are on track for. This system could have universal tax rates for businesses based on the negative environmental consequences resulting from their operations. For example, a manufacturing company in the US that pumps out harmful CO2 into the atmosphere would pay the same tax rate as another business in China. A blue-fin tuna fishing company that operates in Japan would pay the same as one that operates here. This needs to happen now, while these businesses are still thriving and can pay into the system — otherwise innocent taxpayers will be the ones having to pay decades later, once the culprits are out of resources and out of business.