A very troubling ad of what the US might be like if President Obama and the Democrats get their way

And plastic is bad for the environment for what reason? That the plastic will sit in a landfill for long periods of time before it disintegrates, but so will a rock. Why should we care in either case? The other irony is that 20 years ago environmentalists were upset about people using paper bags. Of course, using more paper bags increases the demand for paper and thus encourages more trees to be planted. Arresting the man for throwing out a rind is bizarre. Getting upset for people carrying bottled water with them? See point about plastic above.

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Blogger JP said...

I saw that ad and could not help but wonder if I was getting a sneak peak on what to expect in a couple years.

2/08/2010 2:58 PM  
Blogger Brian K Miller said...

I remember that commercial vividly. The part that gave me concern was how little it would take to go from here to there. If Cap and Trade passes...

Entirely too realistic a scenario, methinks.

2/08/2010 3:04 PM  
Blogger Raven Lunatic said...

That is one thing that confused me... are plastic bags no longer recyclable? Then what do my grocery stores do with them when i give them back?

I get Audi's point that yes, a new turbo-diesel is significantly less polluting over the life of the vehicle And per mile, but... that's a nightmare scenario that I really don't want to face.

2/08/2010 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gave it a thumbs down on hulu because they implied that plastic bags are worse for the environment than paper (same for styrofoam). Paper uses more resources and more energy. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't turn into rich mulch the minute it touches the ground; newspapers will sit in landfills for decades and any food-grade paper is simply not biodegradable.

More importantly, recycling is clearly BAD for the environment! If it used fewer resources, it would be profitable. If it were profitable, it would be done even in places where it isn't subsidized by local government.

2/08/2010 4:42 PM  
Blogger Brett_McS said...

Perhaps it's run as a straight advertisement in Germany? Recycling!

2/09/2010 5:32 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The Socialist/Environmentalist dream is where everyone in the nation behaves as they do. Short of that, their back-up dream is where everyone in the nation is forced to behave as they do.

2/10/2010 9:44 AM  

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