Environment

Use That Organic Cotton Shopping Bag 20,000 Times or It’s Worse for the Environment

“Our assumptions about what is environmentally friendly don’t always stand up to scrutiny.” Recent research by the Ministry of Environment and Food in Denmark, published by the DEPA (Denmark Environmental Protection Agency), – Executive summary in English begins on page 13 – reinforces claims I’ve made here for years. The replacement for plastic shopping bags are …

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This Was the Moment When the Rise of the Oceans Began to Slow…”

My title is from the now infamous line from the narcissistic in chief, Barack Obama,  where he announces that by choosing him, the planet could begin to heal. I’m not feelin’ the healin.’ It also turns out that the rise of the seas (what little there was) began to slow in 2002/2003, and have been heading downward …

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“Green” Cleaner Responsible for Blaze

Thankfully no one was hurt but talk about an eye opener. Fire Lt. Kenneth Vincent said with the increase in people using “green” cleaning products, the number of chemical combustion fires is on the rise. Those are two words that should make any Birkenstock wearing, free-trade-latte-drinking-tree-hugging-Kashi-eating-granola junkie shudder – ‘chemical fire.’ That can’t be good for the …

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Data Point – Free Trade effect on Economy, Hunger, Environment

“Contrary to the claims that “unfair” foreign competition hurts the jobs at home, the unemployment rate actually fares better in times of higher trade deficits. Bryan Riley and former Ambassador Terry Miller provide further clarification:  When the trade deficit increases, the unemployment rate decreases, and vice versa. For example, in 2009, the U.S. trade deficit …

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The Human Cost of Plastic Bag Bans… (Updated – new link added)

What are the unidentified costs of banning disposable shopping bags?  I’ve been speculating for months. In this video PERC Lone Mountain Fellow Jonathan Klick argues that the presence of harmful bacteria (in reusable grocery bags whose use is mandated after plastic bag bans are put in place) creates a health cost that has not been …

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L.A. Plastic Bag Ban – By The Way…Reusable Bags Might Be Worse For The Environment

This is almost a palate cleanser but then it is not.   Apparently the LA plastic bag ban was motivated by celebrity goobers with green thumbs. Egged on by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and an array of environmental groups, the City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the next 12 months at an estimated …

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Where’s The Beef!?

My second thought after hearing about Price Charles remarks on US beef consumption–I won’t share the first, it’s not proper–was “where is the nearest cheeseburger?” The cheeseburger is perhaps the most perfect culinary delight ever conceived It is also an excellent way to deliver bacon to the taste-buds, and positioned next to a Sam Adams Boston Lager, could well be the last decent meal I ever ask for once the regime starts rounding up people like me.

“Earth Hour” Can Kiss My Amps

Anyone who lives in an actual ecosystem, one that is not dominated by concrete and asphalt off which the trill of horns and car alarms can be heard echoing in the night, has no frikkin idea what an ecosystem really is. It is not the cacophony of traffic punctuated by an olfactory brawl between diesel fumes, a pine tree shaped “new car smell” air freshener,” the infrequent bathing habits of a middle eastern cab driver, and your cinnamon latte. Wildlife is not defined by the alcoholic mating calls of things that stumble out of neon lit night clubs, or the guttural whispers emanating from ill-lit, trash filled alleys. And conservation is not an extra crate from Crate and Barrel into which you place the recyclable refuse of fair-trade certified foods.