My first post somewhere other than the introductory sections; The water is very deep out here.
Now, the other day me and Paradox
had begun a small discussion about Global Warming and the Green Revolution. I'll let Paradox
post his own writing on here as to not cause any conflict; but the argument (- in a nutshell
-) went as fallows:
Is Global Warming a naturally occurring cycle in the earth? Is it something Man Made? or is it a Government ploy?
Now, my take on the whole thing is, if Global Warming is or isn't real; what harm can be done by trying to find new, cleaner resources and technology to reach 'sustainability.' For example; there is a scientist in Colorado, who's name alludes me at the moment, who's entire house cost as much to run as a average light bulb; and he has developed a ultra light car that gets over one hundred miles a gallon. You can't tell me that these sort of advantages are bad? Not only would they be good during these harsh economic times, but they would be more sustainable for the planet.
But, one of the biggest problems with the counterpart to the global warming craze is it's counterpart the 'green revolution' which in my eyes is nothing more than a devious concoction formed by large corporations to fool the general masses into buying there goods. I would include anything labeled a 'green product,' recycling, hybrid cars, 'green energy,' and organic food
here. It's wrong that companies exploit such things to gain money, but that is business. There are various problems with each of the items listed.
I. Green Products
Clorox has introduced it's new line of organic 'green' cleaning products. I went and did some research on these to see the pro's and cons and this was my discovery:
Wanting to live a more balanced, natural life? Homes are an important place where we want to achieve this balance. With the aim of creating a practical way to green your home without making trade-offs, each product contains over 99% natural ingredients that are biodegradable. Green Works™ cleaners are not tested on animals and use recyclable packaging. Clorox Greenworks
We’re proud to offer a natural line of cleaners that clean without harsh chemical residue. They’re made with plant-based materials that clean with the power you’d expect from Clorox
Although they give off this friendly atmosphere there are a few things that concern me.
1) What sort of plants are they using in making this? Not all plants are healthy or good; I want to know if I'm washing my dishes with hemlock or poison ivy.
2) Plastic Container, and it's recyclable. More will be discussed in the recycling section.
This is just one of the several hundred products that this green revolution has brought about; Clorox has been a company making harsh chemicals their entire life and now they just up and make something 'safer' how come they didn't do this years ago then? Because there was no demand, but now that the demand is here; they have it.II. Recycling
Now; although recycling is a better alternative to just throwing away things; it still generates just as much pollution as a landfill. Prove myself? Quite simple; recycling requires a ton of energy to do it's job. Recycling degrades the quality of some material such as plastics and paper. Recycling also releases harmful air pollutants and water pollutants.
A recent study compared the dioxin levels in women of child-bearing age at two sites in China, the destination for 70 percent of electronic waste: an e-waste recycling site and an area without e-waste recycling. They analyzed the dioxins, or compounds linked to cancer, developmental defects and other health problems, in samples of breast milk, placenta and hair. The danger's of recycling
This article here was based off the recycling of electronic products undergoing recycling; and the harmful chemicals that it creates; most notably dioxins.
So, until we can find something better; I suggest just limiting use of plastic and use more glass and paper if you are really concerned about this; however everything is made from the earth, there has to be a way to return it safely.III. Hybrid CarsParadox
; had mentioned that the batteries for these cars are twice as toxic as a normal batter. I believe he was referring to the amounts of lead in these cars. And the problem with lead based batteries is that companies ship them overseas where women are and children are working in sweat shops to extract the lead. But; hybrid cars are like recycling. In my eyes they are a step in the right direction; but a step backwards as well. Sure they use less gasoline, but they still use it. Personally, I think the most promising source of fuel will be Hydrogen fuel cells; that we should be seeing in a few more years.
IV. Green Energy
This one is the least negative of all the other categories; I live in Texas and there are strong movements to turn a lot of the barren windy west of our state into wind farms; and I think that is wonderful. Coal is old technology, we got rid of steam very fast; and now we need to get rid of coal. Solar, Wind, Hydroelectric, and the other experimental renewable energies are by far one of the biggest things that wouldn't just help the planet, but in turn aid the economy.
V. Organic Foods
This one just plain anger's me.
First of all is organic vegetables and fruits. (Crop farming for simplicities sake) Organic crop farming is bogus as far as I'm concerned. Not only does it need twice the land because it produces less yield, but it also uses 'organic' or 'green' fertilizers and pesticides
which contain naturally toxic compounds that are killing other valuable organisms such as honeybees. (- which are on the verge of being endangered! -) And an apple that is grown in synthetic pesticides and fertilizers has roughly the same if not more nutrient than an organically grown apple. Organic apples are more susceptible to disease, and they also have a lower shelf life. All at a higher cost! Not to mention the companies using this 'organic' exploit are usually the same companies that own the conventional farming outlets.
Organic meat is even more enraging. This so called free range farming is dangerous; what basically qualifies as a 'free range' farm is that they use no man made antibiotics or steroids; and their animals have access
to a pasture or grazing field. However it is still a means of factory farming livestock. Lets use chickens for this example; chickens are kept by the HUNDREDS in coups as large as warehouses; these chickens that are free range have access to the outside; no antibiotics just feed... now with the sheer number of them; most of these chickens don't even see the otuside in their life until their head is lobbed off and they are sent off for processing. The number of sick chickens in such a small area with such a high population one would assume is staggering. Therefore; when you get this organic meat, remember it's treated the same way as regular cattle or livestock but it's just not given anything to keep it healthy.
But, I could start a whole new thread on the farming industry. They are the leading source of pollutions, and conventional farming is far from right. But organic farming is not the right step. Smarter farming, rotating crops and seasonal crops is smart farming; however companies have their roots so deep into this business it's hard for farmers to do anything to help.
Anyway; there is a truck load of more things I could say; and if you wish for me to cite anything I have said that you contest I will happily do so. Feel free to discuss any part of this; I'm glad to hear other views on such matters.