Plastic bags do not kill birds and fill the oceans

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Another environmental claim turns out to be vastly exaggerated: The scientist who claimed that islands of plastic bags were filling the oceans has found that his claim was bogus.

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 million tons of plastic floating in the ocean may have been off by a factor of perhaps 143. His latest estimate ranges from 7,000 to 35,000 tons, and even most of that has biodegraded into granules. …

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.

But remember, Barack Obama says the science is settled, and that anyone who questions him or expresses any doubt is the equivalent of a Holocaust denier.



  • Pzatchok

    But I thought they had pictures of these great floating garbage dumps taken from outer space.

  • Scott

    I think those pictures may have come from the same Chinese satellite source as the alleged pictures of debris from the Jun 24, 2014 disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, Apparently the Rorschach effect isn’t confined to inkblots.

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