Monday, February 28, 2011

Eco-wackos and dirt

From the last post to this--from the sublime to the ridiculous. But, when inspired...

I've once or twice been asked why I say that environmentalism isn't about keeping things clean. You know those nice young Sierra Club people who come to your door and talk about the Clean Water Act? You know the naive people who still believe that environmentalism is about having a cleaner environment, cleaner air, cleaner water? Well, they're wrong. Environmentalism is about having things less modern, less comfortable, and hence, dirtier. I could give lots of examples, but as a new example inspired this post, here it is, via Drudge:

Those low-flow toilets that the eco-wackos have tried to get installed everywhere to save water? Well, they are causing a terrible smell in San Francisco because of a build-up of bacteria in the pipes when the icky sludge isn't washed down by that small quantity of water. How nice. Get "environmentally friendly" toilets, and now your whole town can smell like a giant Port-a-Potty.

But it's "green." See? "Green" means more like camping out, more like foregoing first-world conditions of life. Which is exactly the opposite of cleanliness. In fact, it means being dirtier, smellier, more insanitary, more unsafe, and less human-friendly. Also expensive. (See the linked article on the cost of smell abatement.)

I think I'm going to tell that to the Sierra Club kids next time they come to the door to collect a donation for clean water: "Oh, you mean like in San Francisco where they now have to dump gallons and gallons of bleach into the water to disinfect it because of 'green' toilets? No thanks."


William Luse said...

My parents have a toilet in one of the bathrooms that is so powerful that to make it flush, you barely have to touch the handle. When you do - just a teeny touch with the tip of a finger - it makes this roaring sucking sound that has caused me to jump back in alarm several times when I forgot what I was dealing with. The whole flush takes about 10 seconds. It could probably flush bricks. (The kind that don't come from a digestive tract.) Problem is, it costs about 500 dollars.

Lydia McGrew said...

Sounds like a toilet at a restaurant. I'm glad the restaurants have them. I'll settle for the old-fashioned, intermediate kind. But they're not being made anymore, I gather.

Oh, and I'm still waiting for Fred Upton and the Republican new Congress to repeal the ban on incandescent light bulbs, whereby the environmentalists have given us mercury hazards in our home.