Category Archives: Climate Change

Boyan Slat Cleaning Up the Environment

There is an article on Dr. Joseph Mercola’s website featuring Boyan Slat, the young Dutch entrepreneur whose new Ocean Cleanup collection barge has been tested successfully. The barge will attempt to pick up plastic crap from the oceans and rivers.

This crap finds its way into the oceans and rivers because there are people who are lazy and can’t wait to find an appropriate trash bin, and so they litter their trash about. This is the main problem, in my view, as far as why there are plastic garbage materials all over the place. We do have laws against littering, don’t we?

One thing I disagree with on Dr. Mercola’s list of things to do to prevent plastic pollution is the suggestion of using reusable grocery bags. The problem with reusable grocery bags is that bacteria from food can get in the bags and cause an unhealthy situation. So, I personally recommend not doing that.

We can’t avoid all the plastics in the products we use and buy. There is nothing actually bad or harmful about plastics per se. The problem is littering, so stop doing that, everyone.

Anyway, I’m sure there are some readers who won’t like my saying this, but while Greta Thunberg travels around and becomes a star speaker, Boyan Slat is actually doing something to make the environment cleaner and better.

“Climate Change Deniers” Are Better for the Environment Than Politicians, Says The Daily Bell

The Daily Bell has an article on why “climate change deniers” are better for the environment than politicians. The article cites the new U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her campaign staff who use Uber and fly much more than they use Amtrak, and they eat hamburgers, resulting in cow farts. So there is some hypocrisy there among some activists who want to use the force of government to make everybody comply with certain arbitrary rules that very well may not make things better.

The article also points out that some people and businesses are voluntarily making efforts to be “green,” such as Trader Joe’s phasing out plastics. I get my olive oil and carrot juice at Trader Joe’s, among other things, by the way.

The Daily Bell also states that the U.S. military is the biggest polluter on Earth. No surprise to me there. Most of the pollution comes out of the mouths of bureaucrats who want to sacrifice your kids and grandkids for the sake of raking in more profits for Northrup Grumman and Raytheon. (I am not even sure that they are worse than Big Pharma!)

Incidentally, my “carbon footprint” is very small. I live in a small apartment, I don’t drive, and I don’t eat red meat, if you know what I mean.