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

And:

The second is the more fatuous answer.

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Yes, Of Course Greenpeace Are Full Of It – Heritage Is Libertarian?

It’s clearly true that if you’re somewhere over on the fringe close to Maoism then the difference between conservative, free market and libertarian is going to look pretty blurred. But we can also work this the other way around. If you are finding that the difference between the three is looking pretty blurred then we should perhaps think of you as being over on that edge-gripping left. For only those over there find the distinctions difficult to understand.…

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Sorry, Is Rosie Rogers Really This Thick?

Honda has decided not to continue to invest in its Swindon plant. One reason being that it makes internal combustion engine cars. Something that looks like it will be banned in the European Union by 2040. No, a battery powered car is not an ICE with a AA inside it. It’s an entirely different beast, engineered and built in a different manner. You don’t just switch a factory over. Might as well, in fact, build a new one.…

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Greenpeace’s Excellent Pro-Brexit And Anti-Organic Farming Argument

That Greenpeace doesn’t think through the implications of its arguments is obvious enough for they praise organic farming while also insisting that more land must be available for nature. The two ideals are in direct contradiction with each other which is, umm, unfortunate. However, they do provide us with an excellent pro-Brexit argument here.

Consider what the European Union actually does. No, not what it claims nor the lofty rhetoric. It hasn’t produced peace, that’s Nato, and it doesn’t produce economic growth either.…

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Iceland’s Palm Oil Ad And Policy – Environmentally Destructive Posturing, No More

Iceland has pulled off something of a marketing coup – it’s managed to get us all watching that old Greenpeace video without having to pay to book it in anywhere at all. Just get it banned and we’ll all watch it online. However, over and above savvy PR there’s something more important here. Which is that the basic policy they’re boasting about is not, itself, a good policy. Palm oil, whatever Greenpeace tells us about orangutangs, is less environmentally destructive than other ways of gaining the edible oils we desire.

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Greenpeace Is Complaining About Bananas Into The Pacific From Fukushima

That Greenpeace is more than a little crackers about radiation is something we all should know. They complain about trivia, things that are tiny fractions of addition to the radiation we all absorb every day. Levels of radiation that we’ll not actually be able to monitor, things that will make no difference at all to any man nor beast.

But, you know, that’s Greenpeace. Their latest being worries about the release of radioactive water from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean.…

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Expect Greenpeace To Oppose Mandatory GMO Labelling Now

Varied of the environmental organisations have been shouting very loudly that genetically modified organisms must be banned. They’ve largely succeeded in the European Union too, despite there being no science whatsoever to back up their claims. Where GMOs have been allowed they’ve then gone on to demand that they must be labelled as such. Expect this demand to be reversed. For it turns out that people like GMOs more if they are told what they are:

Labeling improved Vermonters’ opinions of genetically modified food, compared to elsewhere in the nation — even taking into account age and education, according to a study published in Science Advances.

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Greenpeace Insists Recycling Uses More Resources – So Let’s Stop Doing It, Eh?

This is not what Greenpeace thinks it is saying of course but it is the underlying meaning of what they say. Recycling uses more resources than not recycling, therefore we should stop recycling – the aim is to save resources isn’t it? The trick that they’re missing here is that the price system tells them and us this. We only have to look at those prices to see that recycling uses more resources:

According to Alexei Kiselev, head of the Greenpeace Russia toxic program, Moscow has the biogas facilities to process food waste as well as 432 recycling plants which could handle the rest.

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