Nikitas3.com recently saw a video by a British eco-journalist in China who spotted a plastic bag from a British market (it had the name and location of the market printed on the bag) in a bundle of recycled plastic in a Chinese recycling yard.
This happened because China has been importing vast amounts of material from all over the world for recycling, although that is now ending.
The journalist then returned to Britain and confronted the market’s manager in a very accusatory tone about how and why his bag ended up in China – as if the manager had anything to do with it.
In another part of the video the journalist is seen waving a crushed plastic margarine tub in the air and wondering why it hadn’t yet been recycled. These incidents show the deranged nature of environmentalists and their media cronies.
Meanwhile a 24-year-old Dutch environmentalist named Boyan Slat is getting worldwide attention for inventing a device to clean litter from the oceans, including the Great Pacific garbage patch.
This patch is a swirling mass of trash that, according to ‘greenies’, is the size of Texas. There is only one problem, however… the patch does not exist. And Slat’s device does not work anyway.
Nikitas3.com has searched for a photo or a video of the patch but none has appeared. This comes despite claims by environmentalists since 1988 that the patch exists. They even are claiming that there is a North Atlantic garbage patch… of which there also are no photos or videos.
This is typical maniacal environmental radicalism – they just make stuff up.
These people cannot stop fantasizing about the absolute worst things – the garbage patches (not one but two), the end of the world in ‘climate change’, the “hole in the ozone layer” (remember that one?), energy shortages, food shortages, water shortages, wildfires, etc.
Yet none of these things has happened except where people like environmentalists and leftists cause them to happen, like energy shortages in energy-rich Venezuela or massive fires in our Western forests (see further down). Wikipedia describes the garbage patch like this:
The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a gyre of marine debris particles in the north central Pacific Ocean (It) …lies halfway between Hawaii and California and extends over an indeterminate area of widely varying range, depending on the degree of plastic concentration used to define it.
The patch is characterized by exceptionally high relative pelagic concentrations of plastic, chemical sludge and other debris of that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. Despite the common public image of islands of floating rubbish, its low density (4 particles per cubic meter) prevents detection by satellite imagery, or even by casual boaters or divers in the area. It consists primarily of an increase in suspended, often microscopic, particles in the upper water column.
The patch is not easily seen from the sky, because the plastic is dispersed over a large area. Researchers from The Ocean Cleanup project claimed that the patch covers 1.6 million square kilometers. The plastic concentration is estimated to be up to 100 kilograms per square kilometer in the center, going down to 10 kilograms per square kilometer in the outer parts of the patch. An estimated 80,000 metric tons of plastic inhabit the patch, totaling 1.8 trillion pieces. 92% of the mass in the patch comes from objects larger than 0.5 centimeters.
Research indicates that the patch is rapidly accumulating.
A similar patch of floating plastic debris is found in the Atlantic Ocean, called the North Atlantic garbage patch.
Yet there are no photos, but notice how this is conveniently explained away in the Wikipedia excerpt – the plastic is allegedly microscopic – after the ‘greenies’ have spent decades building up a frightening narrative that this patch is a gigantic mass of floating plastic bags, styrofoam coolers, paper cups, deflated beach balls, plastic bottles, etc.
These three stories – the garbage patch, the plastic bag in China, and Boyan Slat’s failed device – are all typical of modern-day environmental hoaxes. And these hoaxes are everywhere, every day.
So let Nikitas3.com explain: The reason that we have so much trash in the environment in the first place is because environmentalists have given us a massively inefficient and costly recycling system that, for instance, takes trash from Britain and ships it as far away as China to be recycled.
In short, this system offers myriad opportunity for trash to get into the environment. On a local level you may notice trash on your street (plastic bags and bottles, newspaper, cardboard, styrofoam cups, etc.) if you put out your recycling bin on a windy day. Nikitas3.com sees it all the time.
So the best way to keep trash out of the environment is to get rid of it as close to its source as possible and not move it around over and over. But the process of recycling means that material from metal cans to glass bottles to plastic to styrofoam to newspaper and cardboard needs to be shipped hundreds or thousands of miles to be recycled.
Recycling is a dirty, labor-intensive and expensive process. If you ever have seen videos of workers standing over conveyor belts full of trash picking out various types of plastic, paper, cardboard, etc. all day, it is disgusting to watch and obviously it is grossly inefficient. And we are paying dearly for it, but the cost is hidden so we don’t see it.
The best solution is to burn all garbage as fuel – paper, newspaper, cardboard and plastic all burn well – as close as possible to its source and use the heat to generate electricity. It is done widely in Europe and some places in the US. It is done in Nikitas3.com’s hometown. If you don’t know how it works then look it up.
If we had such trash-to-energy plants in every town and city we would be saving huge amounts of energy, time and money and keeping the environment cleaner by not moving garbage around for recycling. At the same time we would be producing the most valuable energy source of all – electricity. It is a win-win-win situation.
Nikitas3.com has calculated that burning all US garbage as fuel in trash-to-energy plants would replace the burning of 100 million tons of coal in power plants. That is a huge plus for the environment right there.
Any trash that does not burn falls to the bottom of the incinerator as ash and “slag” and can be buried in a landfill. This slag is basically sterile and inert since it has been subjected to extremely high heat.
But the ‘greenies’ oppose trash-to-energy because they claim that it pollutes (it does not. Today’s incinerators are super-efficient) but also because they don’t control it. So they have given us an alternative system of recycling that pollutes the world with trash, is enormously expensive, and that aggrandizes ‘greenies’ as saviors of the world and gives them great political power.
Another major ‘green’ hoax was the California drought of 2011 to 2017. Here is National Geographic’s alarmist reporting in February 2014 at the peak of the drought:
Two years into California’s drought, Donald Galleano’s grapevines are scorched shrubs, their charcoal-colored stems and gnarled roots displaying not a lick of life. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” says Galleano, 61, the third-generation owner of a 300-acre vineyard in Mira Loma, California, that bears his name. “It’s so dry … There’s been no measurable amount of rain.”
California is experiencing its worst drought since record-keeping began in the mid 19th century, and scientists say this may be just the beginning. B. Lynn Ingram, a paleoclimatologist at the University of California at Berkeley, thinks that California needs to brace itself for a megadrought—one that could last for 200 years or more.
Here is the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee reporting on August 20, 2015:
New research shows the fingerprints of global warming in worsening the California drought and suggests a future of more dryness for the suffering state.
A major new study released Thursday adds to the growing scientific consensus that rising temperatures linked to the burning of fossil fuels are intensifying the crisis…
And on and on; this stuff was all over the media for the entirety of the drought. It was a classic case of ‘greenies’ exploiting a natural occurrence to service their hysterical agenda.
Yet here is a report on the end of the drought in Northern California, which happened with one single storm. Weather.com reported on January 12, 2017:
The snow and rain that have pummeled California in recent days have helped to eliminate the drought in parts of northern California.
According to the Drought Monitor analysis released Thursday, all of northern California north of Interstate 80 is now free of drought.
If this active storm pattern continues through the next couple of months, substantial drought relief is possible. But it will likely take multiple near to above-average wet seasons to completely replenish reservoirs and ground water and to end the state’s multi-year drought.
Meanwhile Associated Press reported on March, 14, 2019 about the whole state of California:
California is free of drought for the first time in more than seven years and only a small amount of its territory remains abnormally dry as a very wet winter winds down, experts said Thursday.
More than 93 percent of the state is free of drought or dryness, and areas of abnormal dryness along the Oregon border and in parts of four southern counties amount to less than 7 percent of the state, the U.S. Drought Monitor said in its weekly update.
Here is more from the California Department of Water Resources on January 31, 2019:
Today, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the second Phillips Station snow survey of 2019. The manual survey recorded 50 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 18 inches, which is 98 percent of average for this location. Statewide, the Sierra snowpack is 100 percent of average.
… “The snowpack across California is on par with the historical average for this time of year, thanks in no small part to an atmospheric river that brought heavy snowstorms to the Sierra Nevada.
In short, this drought was just another cyclical weather/climate occurrence that ended normally with the passage of time. In fact there may be flooding this Spring from the deep snow pack as it melts.
Thus in retrospect the National Geographic 200-year-drought fable sounds absurd and even laughable. It is pure ‘junk science’ and fearmongering.
But it is not funny at all. It is part of a never-ending ‘green’ propaganda and disinformation campaign to deceive us about the environment. It is repeated over and over and over in every media – internet, TV, newspapers, radio, college campuses, lectures, public protests, etc. This is a very dangerous campaign because it is so false and riddled with error and malicious in intent.
Meanwhile Wikipedia reported about another ridiculous idea that was supposed to address the California drought:
Beginning in 2008, millions of floating plastic shade balls were dropped on reservoirs to prevent evaporative losses and enhance water quality. An instance of this was performed on the Los Angeles reservoir in 2014. The shade balls were supposed to be the most cost-effective way to cover the body of water amongst all the available options.
Meanwhile here is bad news for this absurd scheme. Plasticsnews.com reported on January 18, 2016:
Five months after Los Angeles officials sent 96 million plastic (shade balls) rolling into a reservoir, the four-inch pieces of high density polyethylene will be taken out of three of the four reservoirs where they have been used.
This was just another hair-brained ‘green’ idea as all of their “solutions” are ridiculous, like recycling and windmills.
We do not even know how many balls blew off the reservoirs and into the surrounding environment – probably tens of thousands since they are very lightweight. This was probably one of the reasons that the balls were removed.
We do not know what happened to the balls after they were removed. Obviously they all had to be transported somewhere and possibly recycled or thrown into landfills. Who knows.
In short the manufacture, transport, installation and then the removal of the balls consumed a huge amount of money, time, labor, fake media hype and energy. It was all a waste and it was bad for the environment thanks to screwball ‘greenies’ and their ridiculous “solutions”.
Here is one more story for good measure:
Overgrown Forests Need Management, Not Environmentalism
Michael Bastatch at The Daily Caller reported about the wildfires that are plaguing California due to ‘green’ policies to keep loggers out of the forests:
Forests are an iconic feature of the western U.S.’s dry, rugged landscape, but the risk of massive wildfires on these lands is growing because of decades of poor management.
It turns out western forests have too many trees. The answer to this problem, somewhat paradoxically, is more logging, according to experts.
“Forests have to be actively managed — logging, road maintenance, tree planting, weeding, animal control, thinning, salvage — in order to avoid these events,” Bob Zybach, a forestry expert, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Logging in government-controlled forests is probably one of the most contentious environmental policy debates. However, one expert recently told Congress that one way we deal with massive wildfires is by harvesting trees.
“It’s a bit counter-intuitive, but we cut more trees,” Elaine Oneil, a forestry management consultant, told the House Committee on Natural Resources in a hearing Wednesday.
“What we are seeing in the western U.S. is an epidemic — of insects and disease and wildfires — brought on in large part by an epidemic of too many trees,” Oneil testified before Congress.
Federal wildfire statistics show the average number of acres burned every year since 2000 is double what it was the preceding four decades.
… Wildfire experts say California’s wildfire woes will only get worse if tree mortality continues unchecked. Oneil said not only do diseased and dead trees need to be removed, but the number of trees needs to be reduced, especially in the dry, western states.
The overcrowding in California’s forests is stark. Some forests in California have more than 1,000 trees per acre instead of the more ideal 40 to 60 per acre, according to forestry experts.
U.S. forestry officials reported 27 million trees died in California in the 12 months running up to December 2017. Since 2010, 129 million trees died in state, federal and private California forests, according to a 2018 report by the Little Hoover Commission (LHC).
And on and on. In other words it is ‘green’ policies that are causing the wildfires. This is no surprise whatsoever. Remember the Golden Rule: Virtually all ‘green’ policies are bad for the environment.
Notice that there are 1,000 trees per acre versus the ideal “managed” number of 40 to 60. This is a stunning number and shows what happens when we let the forests run wild – they get consumed by fire, disease and overcrowding. But ‘greenies’ don’t care as long as loggers are kept out and ‘greenies’ themselves are seen as the saviors of the forest.