Laws That Are Garbage

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In the end, if recycling was cost-efficient why is it necessary to pass laws to force people to separate and bundle stuff that could just as easily be tossed out with the rest of the garbage? That's how envi-ronmentalism works. It creates a Big Lie and then sets about getting laws passed to mandate it. Years later, states, cities, communities, and just ordinary people begin to ask, "Why are we doing this?" and the answer is, "It's the law."

The viewpoint's author thinks that the United States has plenty of room for landfills and that recycling is not cost-efficient.

The viewpoint's author thinks that the United States has plenty of room for landfills and that recycling is not cost-efficient.

It wasn't always the law. There was a time when landfills were understood to be a perfectly sensible way to get rid of the garbage. Incinerators, too. But that was before the Greens decided recycling was a dandy way to make everyone think that throwing out the garbage was yet another "hazard," "danger," and "threat" to Mother Earth. To which I say, "That's just garbage!"

EVALUATING THE AUTHORS' ARGUMENTS:

In this viewpoint Caruba argues that there is enough space to dispose of all the garbage generated by Americans. How do you think the author of the preceding viewpoint, David Lazarus, might respond to this argument? Explain your answer using evidence from both texts.

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