The global cooling scare of the 1970's morphed into today's global warming. Breast feeding, presumably a proven commodity over human and mammalian history for millions of years, fell out of favor in the 1950's as not being "modern," and even gross. How many baby boomers were raised on the notion that having meat for at least all three meals, seven days a week, was the only way to build strong American bodies? And, who wasn't indoctrinated into the feel-good notion, raised to a religious precept by some, that recycling is the cornerstone of any waste management program, and must be practiced by all people all the time?
It was nine years ago that John Tierney's landmark article, entitled "Recycling Is Garbage" appeared in the New York Times Magazine. Focusing primarily on recycling efforts in New York City, he exposed the high expenses in collecting and separating the garbage, and the lack of demand for most of the resulting materials. Moreover, in some cases, such as recycling newspaper, more water pollution ensues (owing to removing the ink), than in making new paper. Besides, trees are specifically grown for this purpose, and are a renewable resource.
The National Center for Policy Analysis reports that because of recycling programs, the state of New York spends between $35 million to $54 million more each year on waste disposal.
He also reassured the public on landfill site availability, noting that if Americans keep generating garbage at current rates for the next 1,000 years, and if all this refuse is put in a landfill 100 yards deep, by the year 3000, this accumulation of trash will fill a plot of land 35 miles on each side. This area, by the way, is about 5 percent the size of the space needed for solar panels, as touted by various environmental groups.
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