Going Green is Bad for the Environment
You may think you’re helping save the planet, or at least being a responsible member of society, if you recycle, avoid styrofoam, drive a hybrid, use electricity instead of fossil fuel, et cetera…
But, unfortunately, taking the advice of the “green living” trendies may actually do more harm than good.
“Green” environmentalism is chock-full of urban legends, inductive reasoning, and pseudoscience that end up harming the environment, as well as being directly bad for the people pushed to conform.
Here are some facts on the subject, gleaned from the Facebook group of the same name. JOIN Going Green is Bad for the Environment, if you want more info on the topic.
Government-mandated Recycling Pollutes
… (not the for-profit kind) is usually so inefficient that it produces more pollution than making new paper, glass, and plastic! 13 of the top Superfund hazardous waste sites were once recycling centers!
Biofuels Have Huge Carbon Footprint
…actually have a bigger carbon footprint than simply using fossil fuel, because they require the clearing of land for agriculture, AND the farmers use fossil fuels to run their farm equipment.
Hybrid Cars are Worse than Normal Cars
…have batteries are so bad for the environment that you probably can’t drive one long enough to make up for the damage, before the battery goes bad and you need a new one, causing the problem all over again
Environmentalism Causes Forest Fires
Laws preventing the clearing of wood from “wild” areas, combined with efforts to prevent small forest fires, set up “tinderbox” situations, and are the reason the gigantic wildfires end up engulfing large areas
Styrofoam is Better than Recycled Paper
It requires more energy to make food wrappers out of recycled paper than it does to make them out of styrofoam…so people who have pushed companies into doing so are creating a LARGER carbon footprint, and wasting more energy
What’s more, it requires more paper than styrofoam, to do the same job, so that recycled paper/cups/whatever produce more trash. They also do not biodegrade, even though made of paper.
Electric Cars Pollute
* The laws in California that attempted to force people to build and buy electric cars, a few years back, ignored that most of California’s electricity comes from COAL power plants, that have a bigger carbon footprint than a gasoline automobile.
Nuclear Power Reduces Uranium Pollution
* Indeed, coal fire power plants put more uranium into the atmosphere (it’s a trace element in coal) than nuclear power plants (which crazy Greens oppose) produce nuclear waste
CFC Replacements are Greenhouse Gases
The CFC replacements that were forced on people when the holders of their patents funded the anti-CFC movement happen to be powerful greenhouse gasses
Wetlands Produce Greenhouse Gases, too
Laws imposing “WETLANDS” on private property owners ignore that wetlands are a huge source of methane, a greenhouse gas thirty times more powerful than carbon dioxide
AND…Reforestation Produces Greenhouse Gases
The laws forcing REFORESTATION in Europe have been creating millions of the very type of deciduous trees that produce more Nitrous Oxide, a greenhouse gas THREE HUNDRED times more powerful than CO2.
Recycling E-Waste Pollutes
“Recycling E-Waste” (including government-mandated refurbished electronics) causes even more harm and pollution than conventional recycling.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Contain a Neurotoxin
How many light bulbs have you broken, or witnessed broken, or were broken and then cleaned up in a place where you later happened to be? CFLs are even easier to break, and if you do, they contain mercury powder, a more potent version of the stuff that used to make people insane, or dead. If broken, the mercury in the bulb does not go away, either, because it’s a heavy metal.
GREEN ACTIVISTS ‘are keeping Africa poor’
Going Green is expensive and unproductive, leaving third world Africans literally starving to death.
Anti-Pollution Laws Cause Global Warming:
The Big Brotherment response to the fear of “global dimming” causing an ice age in the 1970s resulted in massive anti-pollution laws that not only helped cause the economic weakness of that decade, but also appear to be causing at least half of the current “Global Warming” trend.
Using Paper Saves Trees
Fully 87% of our paper stock, comes from trees which are grown as a crop specifically for the purpose of paper production. Acting to ‘conserve trees’ through paper recycling is like acting to ‘conserve corn’ by cutting back on corn consumption.
A National Wildlife Federation study shows that recycling 100 tons of newspaper produces 40 tons of toxic sludge.
Thirteen of the 50 worst Superfund hazardous waste dumps were once recycling facilities.
More “Green” activities you should avoid doing, if you’re simply trying to help the environment:
* DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR AIR CONDITIONING!
It only improves your gas mileage by about one percent, but unrolling your windows COSTS you gas mileage.
* DO NOT BUY LOCAL FOOD
That’s right, you may actually be INCREASING your “carbon footprint” by buying local food, because small-scale growers are less efficient, and food shipping is SO efficient, so that your local food may have required MORE pollution, not less.
* DO NOT BUY ORGANIC FOOD
Aside from being more likely to contain life-threatening pathogens (the famous salmanella spinach was organic), organic food requires more land, and even energy, to grow, land that could otherwise be allowed to grow trees, or otherwise used in ways better for the environment.
These, and other myths, are debunked even by the environmentalist To Be Green website: