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So We Didn’t Need To Ban Plastic Bags Then

Greenpeace finally tells us the truth about those single use plastic bags:

Lost and abandoned fishing gear which is deadly to marine life makes up the majority of large plastic pollution in the oceans, according to a report by Greenpeace.

More than 640,000 tonnes of nets, lines, pots and traps used in commercial fishing are dumped and discarded in the sea every year, the same weight as 55,000 double-decker buses.

This is entirely true, as we’ve reported more than once:

As Science Shows, It’s Fishing Gear, Not Plastic Bags, Causing Problems In The Oceans


The second is the more fatuous answer. Because, as they’ve found themselves: Fishing buoys totalled about 40% of the weight, while rope and nets made up 20%. There were also about a dozen fish-aggregation devices (FADs), rudimentary rafts with netting that could hang as deep as 100 metres below the surface. Note the “also”. So, the vast majority of this is fishing equipment. Which isn’t single use. Far from it, fishermen not only like to they positively desire to reuse it. And what is there that they don’t mention is there? Plastic bags and straws. So, us using or not using plastic bags and straws has what effect upon plastics in that ocean? And yet what is the argument that we must not use plastic bags and or straws? The effect upon that ocean. Yep, you got it, it’s all a heap of crock, isn’t it? And the only reason it’s not a great big steaming pile of crock is because the plastic doesn’t rot – unlike the argument.

But Greenpeace got us to stop the single use plastic bags, thereby increasing our plastics use, instead.

So, when do we get to go stop the hippies trashing the planet?

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Mr Yan
Mr Yan
4 years ago

We get to stop the eco-facists when we elect decent politicians who have to nous to realise when they are peddled lies about the environment and climate.

John B
John B
4 years ago

Missing the point. None of these bans or ‘climate change’ are about concern for the Planet, Flipper, etc they are to punish Mankind for his wickedness, self-indulgence, worship of Mammon.

It is why scientific or logical argument or reason is a waste of time with these power and control freaks and the fools who listen to them.

4 years ago
Reply to  John B

They wish us to prostrate ourselves at the altar of Holy Mother Gaia and dedicate ourselves to poverty, chastity (population problem remember), and obedience to their every whim while they jet off to some tropical paradise to bitch to each other about the gross over-indulgence of the lower orders.

You’ll have noted the pseudo-Christian imagery. But I’d argue that most Greens tend to base their new religion on the one that they have at least a subliminal acquaintance with.

4 years ago

I see that using your car brakes now adds micro-plastics to the environment. The solution to which is obvious: don’t use your brakes!

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