I keep hearing environmentalists and democrats (i.e. the left in general) talk about saving the planet, but what does that really mean? And why do all their “solutions” to save the planet end up being anti-human? They don’t even try to hide their disdain for people anymore as they seek to curb the population and human activity. When they say they want to eliminate carbon emissions that would mean eliminating you and me because we all breathe out carbon. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has even questioned “Is It Still OK to Have Kids in Face of Climate Change?” Ahh yes, it begins as a “suggestion”, then later becomes a mandate. They act as if carbon is a poisonous gas, it’s not. People breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon, while plants take in carbon and give off oxygen. It’s a perfect symbiotic relationship. In reality, if we did everything they wanted we would be back living in caves and eating bugs to survive.

One of the things that really irks is their demonization of plastics. I am old enough to remember in the 1980s they had a campaign to switch from paper to plastic bags to “save the trees”. Well, they saved the trees I guess, and now they want to eliminate plastics because they are not biodegradable. Funny how all their “solutions” end up creating more problems. I especially dislike this push to replace plastic straws with paper straws. I guarantee this will not do anything except make people “feel” good about themselves, as if they actually accomplished something good.

The whole thing started because of a 9 year old’s campaign to “Be Straw Free”, started in 2011 by Milo Cress. Yes, people are now taking advice from a 9 year old. In his campaign he says that Americans use more than 500 million drinking straws daily, enough to fill 125 school buses. The media has ran with this number, but it was one big estimation. In truth, no one knows how many straws Americans use daily. Even Cress didn’t know, he called straw manufacturers asking for their “estimates” and just divided it by 365. And just like magic that number has stuck and become an actual statistic.

In terms of human waste, plastic straws would probably not even register. And even if you got rid of every plastic straw in the United States, it still would not stem plastic straws from other countries or plastic consumption in general. In reality, plastics are a wonderful invention. They can be made soft or hard, clear or opaque. They can be molded to any shape and form, and can be more durable than glass. People living hundreds or thousands of years ago would have killed for something as lightweight and versatile as plastic, yet today we have taken it for granted. And guess what, plastics can also be recycled.

Back to the crux of the matter. There is a misnomer that we should be saving the planet, but in reality it is humans who need saving FROM the planet. Anyone who has spent time camping, away from civilization, with only the bare essentials will soon discover how harsh and unforgiving nature can be. Humans have built civilization and technology to help insulate us from nature. We made houses to shield us from the elements. We built air conditioners to cool us off from the scorching heat, and keep us warm during the blistering winters. Even then we are not immune to the wrath of Mother Nature. There are hurricanes, floods, droughts, tornadoes, hail storms, earthquakes, and so on. All of which take a toll on human life.

So you see, humans are really the vulnerable ones in all this. The earth has been here long before humans, and it will be here even if every human disappeared tomorrow. The planet will take care of itself, it’s humans who need saving from nature and the leftists.

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Comment by Jerseygal on April 19, 2019 at 6:51pm

Good post, as usual, Watchman!  Plastics are, as you said, wonderful.  I’ve asked a few liberals why, because plastics are so detrimental to the environment, don’t they lobby to have plastics outlawed except for medical and life saving devices.   They don’t have an answer.....imagine that.

I remember the 1980s campaign to eliminate paper bags and switch to plastic.  It was the same decade that began the great ‘don’t drink tap water’ campaign, launching the bottled (in plastic, of course) water industry.

Comment by Watchman on April 19, 2019 at 7:26pm

Thanks JG. I don't remember the "don't drink tap water" campaign, but it just shows how they end up creating more problems.

Comment by Jerseygal on April 20, 2019 at 7:29am

The tap water thing was not as direct as ‘don’t drink it.’  The push toward bottled water was a combination of the concerns over fluoridation and chlorination, and advertising blitzes by Poland Spring and Evian.  I remember wondering at the time, how mankind survived when they didn’t have access to the pure clear water from some spring in Maine.  

Comment by Jodi180 on April 21, 2019 at 6:12pm

Every time I get a chance, when 'save the planet' comes up, I play this.  Those who think we're causing the destruction, just get a look like...well uncomfortable.

Racy language, make sense to me.

George Carlin - Saving the Planet

Comment by Watchman on April 21, 2019 at 11:51pm

Good post Jodi. I didn't agree with George Carlin on everything, but we are on the same wavelength here. His thoughts on Political Correctness are sport on too.

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