You know the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that's splashed on your TV screen during Earth Day? The one that's supposed to scare you into bringing your own bag to Whole Foods? That alleged mass of consumeristic doom and/or gloom that's sure to eat our children's children? Well, the entire thing it a hoax, or so claims the wildly biased Save the Plastic Bag Coalition.
In part of an article on SF Appeal, Chris Roberts reports:
"The so-called "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," which is alleged to be twice the size of Texas, does not exist," wrote attorney Stephen Joseph, the coalition's counsel, in a 25-page report...in which Joseph cites scientific studies from the San Diego-based Scripps Institute of Oceanography, the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, and researchers from the University of Oregon as proof that the plastic patch is pure poppycock.
In an interview, Joseph -- who in the early 2000s successfully sued food manufacturers to ban the use of trans-fats -- notes that while there is certainly "some plastic" in the Pacific Ocean, he takes particular issue with claims repeated in media and by politicians.
"The LA Times claimed in an editorial that 'The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an area of the ocean larger than Texas and thick with floating plastic debris: bottles, bottle caps, bits of packaging and uncountable plastic bags.' The statement is totally untrue," Joseph told the Appeal. "You go and show me a photograph. Send me a photo -- I'll send you $100 if you can find one."
Liberal agenda socialists, you are a crafty bunch, aren't you?
However, according to the super smart National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), "A majority of the debris observed in the 'garbage patch' is small plastic pieces ... Small debris pieces are difficult to see due to their size, and many of these pieces may be suspended below the surface of the water, which would make them even harder to see, even with the human eye."
Read the entire piece at SF Appeal.