Quite a few years ago, we started getting articles about plastic being digested by marine creatures. Given that marine creatures swallow inert sand in the same way as they swallow inert plastic, and presumably in a similar way birds swallow stones, there clearly wasn’t any harm.
Aside: If this scam is like the global warming one – sure I’ll be labelled a “plastic denier” for daring to suggest it’s a scam and yes I do object to plastic on the beach, but to be honest, if I’m swimming I much more strongly object to jellyfish and sandflies.
I knew something odd was happening when I heard the idiotic Scottish assembly leader puffing up about “banning straws”. Now, I’ve seen many things on beaches, but straws wasn’t one of them. So this move was totally bizarre and clearly had nothing to do with the problem. And when the proposed eco-nutter action has nothing at all to do with the problem … it’s a very clear sign of another environmental scam.
However, except for pointing out to some people who seem to be unaware, that most plastic in the seas come from Asia, and the rest mostly from Africa (where they dump rubbish in rivers) and that we have almost nothing to do with plastic pollution … I’ve been content to let this latest environmental idiocy slither by.
However … the fact that the media and press and all the other numbskulls are latching onto plastics as the latest fad …. does show that the global warming scare is dead. Indeed, now I come to think about it, no doubt last year’s downturn in google searches for “global warming”, is because dumb gullible pupils are now being told to do their latest eco-nutter projects on “plastics”.
So let’s have a look for “plastic waste” and “plastic pollution”:
As predicted, just as “global warming” dropped last year after being on a ~5yr “pause”, so “plastic pollution/waste” increased. Unfortunately, the comparison isn’t easy as the plastic scam hasn’t yet hit on the same catch all phrase to equate to “global warming”, but clearly the plastic scare took off last year as the global warming scare dropped.
So, it’s clear to me, the rise of the plastic scam is killing the global warming scam. And the plastic scam, like the global warming scam, and the ozone/refrigerant scam, will in turn be driven by pure commercial greed.
That’s not too difficult to work out. Given that straws and cups were early targets, the key driver the commercial driver will be those who have a product they want used instead of the plastic varieties. And that in turn probably means that there’s been a technological revolution in paper straws and cups which although they cost more, and no doubt have no real environmental benefit, someone with the ear of politicians wants to force the public to buy their product through legislation.
My guess, therefore, is that (plasticised) paper cup/straw suppliers have been giving huge sums to eco-nutters to go on endlessly about the harm of plastics in order to create a market for plastic (not) replacements through legislation, and which does nothing at all to “solve” the problem which the eco-nutters are going on about (massive pollution of plastics from Asia and Africa).
The more I understand how these fads are created by pure greed – the more cynical I become that anything the MSM go on about has any morality.