Big Lies Are Too Good To Give Up

The PJ Tatler » Plastic Bag Fantasy Island Vanishes Like Atlantis, Scientist Corrects Million-Ton Floating Estimate

The scientist whose findings environmentalists used to shame us into bringing our own reusable bags to the grocery store now says that his estimate of one million tons of plastic floating in the ocean may have been off by a factor of perhaps 143. His latest estimate ranges from 7,000 to 35,000 tons, and even most of that has biodegraded into granules.

Cózar’s team didn’t find country-size islands of plastic bags strangling baby birds and sea turtles. It found “micro plastics.” What people think of as a dump doesn’t look like floating junk. Instead, ocean current “convergence zones” are swirling with flecks of plastic – like a snow globe half a minute after shaking – and with considerably less plastic trash than expected.

Also doubtful:  The environmentalist claim that 1.5 million marine animals choke to death each year on plastic bags that ran away from home for a life at sea. They’ve revised their estimates downward to 6.6 percent of that, but even the new figure has no empirical support.

Don’t expect that these examples of “settled science” having been exposed as galloping lies will change anything, though.  These sorts of myths are far too useful to the progressive control-meisters to relinquish – just like global warming itself.

And they’re still fighting for the right to make you eat as much carbohydrate as they can, in order to “prevent heart attack, stroke, and obesity.”

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Big Lies Are Too Good To Give Up — 1 Comment

  1. The plastic is being dissolved by the extremely large amounts of carbon dioxide being absorbed by the ever-warmer oceans. CO2 makes water acidic, you know, so at the same time it’s dissolving the plastic it’s also killing the fish and we’re all gonna diiiiiie!

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