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July 4, 2014 - 6:35 am

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 hundred million (100,000,000) tons of plastic floating in the ocean may have been off by a factor of perhaps 14,285. 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.

In California, many cities have actually banned single-use plastic bags as a result of the successful PR campaign conjuring islands of floating plastic and animals who desperately need a Heimlich maneuver.

Kite nest built with plastic bags

Example of birds recycling plastic waste to construct housing.

And let me add that I’ve never believed the tales that birds frequently gag to death on plastic bags and balloons.

First of all, growing up in the woods, I saw just how fussy birds are about what they’re willing to swallow. They pick up all kinds of detritus, but they eat only the food.

Secondly, at the Wal-Mart near our home in Texas, the birds have actually tidied up the parking lot by recycling discarded plastic bags as nesting material, no doubt reducing moisture incursion and boosting the R-value of their insulation in the process.

I’m all for following President Obama’s inaugural exhortation to “restore science to its rightful place.”

In this case, that place is Fantasy Island.

Scott Ott co-hosts a news, commentary and humor show called Trifecta on PJTV. He created and hosted the 20-part series on the Constitution titled Freedom's Charter. His satire site, ScrappleFace, spawned three books and praise from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin and many others.
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Just because it isn't true, doesn't mean we shouldn't do something about it. We can't wait for the truth. We must march out in front of it, as far in front of it as we possibly can. Doing the right thing means never waiting for the truth to catch up to you! Making the progressive vision come true means never letting the truth sneak up on you.
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The problem plastics in the original study were 90% discarded fishing line from commercial trawlers.

Idiot poseurs just heard the word "plastics" and thought, "Opportunity!"

Weren't plastics bags were supposed to save the rainforests?
8 weeks ago
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With my skills as a magician (self-taught), I can convert a "single-use plastic bag" I get from my local supermarket to bring groceries from that store to my home into (wait for it) - a trash bag. If I cannot use that magically converted plastic bag for trash, I will be forced to buy stronger, thicker bags and some of those even come with (gasp) - drawstrings. If I did not use a plastic bag for trash (paper bags are unacceptable when wet), that trash would be all over the street on trash pickup day, especially in the wind. Did the geenies accomplish anything? Nope! I also use the store provided plastic bags in storage of all sorts of household, automotive and other miscellaneous items. Wake up America, you've been conned again.
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Wow... always interesting to read from 'scholars' like Scott Ott?
Is he a scientist? NO
Is he a biased writer? YES

He actually starts out mentioning how biased he already is on this topic here:
And let me add that I’ve never believed the tales that birds frequently gag to death on plastic bags and balloons. First of all, growing up in the woods...

Sorry Scott, but growing up in the woods does not qualify you for anything really. And the problem with plastic break down in the oceans is... plastic pieces as what most marine creatures eat small 'plankton' like plastic in the ocean. Exactly what we are creating with our over-consumptive, wasteful retail system.

But don't take my word for it, here is a published science journal about it:
http://5gyres.org/media/Moore_2001_plastic_in_North_Pacific_Gyre.pdf

It is pompous idiots like these that are ruining our chances to evolve into a cleaner, healthier people, country and planet. You are not only wrong but telling us we are fine... as we sink!

Why don't you listen more to experts...and stop spreading lies, ignorance, and bullsh*t!
7 weeks ago
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There was no study done to determine what effect these small pieces of plastic might have on plankton eating sea species. Read your article.
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Of course, the retraction will never be seen, except in places like this one.

June 14th, 2014 article by the National (Socialist) Geographic is screaming about "millions upon millions of tons," not be satisfied with anything having just the number "one" in it - that's not good enough.
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plastics can be recycled into RR ties. the different characteristics of treated wood vs. plastics don't affect the installation, or at least didn't show up in the one's i had installed on a military post/base. according to what I could find out at the time, the plastic ones have a much longer life than wood, they save cutting down forests, they use up old plastic waste, don't leech chem's into the environment, and do away with one of the main things (inspection dings) wrong w/ RR tracks all over the country, bad ties. the cost of plastic ties at the time was almost double, but would come down if RR's used more. I haven't seen a bad one (from use) yet. the RR companies involved wouldn't even discuss the idea. luckily the gov. still employs a small 'civil service' bunch of RR repairmen that could do the upgrade I wanted. you bet the unions weren't going to allow this since the RR's owned the road crossings on fed. land. however, gov. agreed to fund it (safety reasons), so it was a sort of negotiating tool, and I got the plastic ties. only had to MIPR the fed. RR guys the $$ and tell them what I wanted. POOF! done.

these guys (experienced RR techs) were a holdover from the old days, but very experienced. happened a few (5?) years back. I am not advocating for bigger government, being a Libertarian. this instance showed primarily how things that are smart and could possibly be a boon for good things can be sidetracked by people answering 'because that's the way we have always done it', or 'because of past agreements w/ suppliers and unions'.
7 weeks ago
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Concrete replace wood ties decades ago. Wood simply doesn't last on mainlines, and soft plastic would be worse.
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Funny, I still see the railroads replacing wooden ties with.... wooden ties.

By the way, you would not want to get hit with one of those "soft" plastic ties.

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wood ties don't last long because wood doesn't last long. recycled plastic ties are not 'soft' and will last forever. spikes can be driven into them just like wood. replacing the majority of u.s. wood ties w/ concrete is not feasible (and very expensive) in most remote areas. also, there is a machine that rides the rails, bumps the rails up a bit, snatches the old wood tie out, slides the new recycled plastic one in, drives new spikes and levels the whole area back out in just a couple minutes. next. it even picks itself up and goes in the opposite direction in just a minute or so. no concrete plant and all that entails is required.

however, when it comes to very high speed tracks w/ very close tolerances required, I could see how a typical track bed would not be feasible. if we ever get to that place I this country it will be good to keep in mind. today we have billions of RR ties and a good proportion of them need to be replaced. and the RR's are still using the old style wood ones.

excuses for not doing something that makes a lot of sense in many ap's is getting commonplace w/ today's so called leadership.

no, we don't need the oil/gas/coal.
new teaching methods? we don't need those.
and on and on we go.

what the bejuses is wrong w/ this site? this limited format suks, and typing is like pulling teeth.
7 weeks ago
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So, another Liberal narrative dies a quiet death; going out with a whimper, not a bang.
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No, they never die. They are just not mentioned for a few years.

Then, out of nowhere, the original flawed articles will be cited by future leftist crusaders as "evidence," though they have been long ago debunked.

The closest the Left ever gets to actual conservation is recycling their own phony arguments.

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At least the editors didn't headline your article. "Four Thing You Don't Know About The Floating Trash Island" in the prurient celeb fan mag style they've adopted for some reason.
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And then they spread it over four pages to generate more "page views" artificially.

I wonder if advertisers are really fooled by that crap? Or is it just to annoy readers?

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It's a numbers game.

By creating additional pages, they create more places to put ads, thus more ads, thus more exposure to potential shoppers. More exposure, on average, leads to more clicks, which, on average, leads to more sales.

So, no, the advertisers aren't "fooled". They know exactly how it works, and because it DOES work, they are in favor of such tactics.

The ONLY people who don't like it are... us.

7 weeks ago
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I ignore all articles using that supposed attention grabbing gimmick:(
7 weeks ago
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Plastic grocery bags are one of the top repurposed items we have. We use them for just about everything. One of the unintended consequences of the bag bans is an increase in the dog waste not being picked up. Another feel good liberal policy creating a public health problem
7 weeks ago
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For Earth Day. I turn on the broiler with the oven door open and max the AC to let them fight to the death. I am glad the Plastic Island fraud has been exposed, but I would still like to see a reduction of plastics. Even granules do have an impact and paper is a good packaging material, especially the heavy recycled papers. It would slow down the rate our land fills fill up too.
7 weeks ago
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Human caused global warming can be solved with a simple recirculating device and chlorophyll injections. Although initially uncomfortable to heterosexuals, a rectal insert and face mask could easily recycle the poisonous CO2/methane and it would be metabolized before damaging the environment. Sunlight and skin exposure would be necessary, but non-naturists could opt in to wear a simple backpack solar collector. Green skin would demonstrate you care.
8 weeks ago
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While the numbers are inflated, even 1 ton is too much. WHY do people throw away ANY trash/recyclables in such an IRRESPONSIBLE manner?
8 weeks ago
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Little bit of research, and some calculator time...

At 35,000 tons - unflattened plastic bottles (so we are assuming they have their caps on and are filled with air) - the WORST estimate is that plastic is taking up - wait for it - 0.00000000001.11% of the oceans.

For a comparison - taking up the same proportion of the land area of the State of Texas would only take about 30 copies of the Obamacare bill. (Less than one copy of the HHS regulations "justified" by the bill.)

One ton of plastic - that's about 4 "smart" cars.
7 weeks ago
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Stop that.

Stop doing math!


You'll annoy a liberal with that stuff!

7 weeks ago
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Some of it is due to storms. Washes it from garbage dumps out into the ocean. If we could help those people (its not due to the US) better secure it....
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"While the numbers are inflated, even 1 ton is too much."
While I appreciate your sentiment
The preceding comment is nonsense.
All life makes residue, including plants and animals.
Mother nature deals with it just fine.
We don't need to be "chicken littles".
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