A round of nanny state assaults on American lifestyles:
More examples of the environmental communities’ nanny state nuttiness and opposition to the creature comforts of modern life:
[Climate Depot ReBUTTal: As part of the continuing war on modern society the environmental movement, led by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is trying to wipe away your toilet paper options based on easily flushable science.
As Greenpeace co-founder and Ecologist Dr. Patrick Moore (who left the green movement because it became too radical for him) stated in 2002: Save the Trees, Use More Wood:
Excerpt: Moore explained that advances in forestry techniques have resulted in wood becoming one of the most environmentally friendly products. “We should be growing more trees and using more wood,” explained Moore. “The less wood we use, the more steel and concrete we use. […] Moore explained that a greater demand for wood products leads to more forested land, noting that 80 percent of the timber produced in the U.S. comes from private property. He predicted that if “those land owners had no market for wood, they would clear the forest away and grow something else they could make money from instead.” “When you go into a lumber yard, you are given the impression that by buying wood you are causing the forest to be lost, when in fact what you are doing is sending a signal into the market to plant more trees,” Moore added. End Moore excerpt.
In addition, there is simply no such thing as “virgin” forests, as all forests evolve and change over time. Plus, though it is nearly a decade late, even the New York Times is admitting that many of the threatened forest scares are overblown. See: NYT: ‘Galloping jungle’: Farmlands reverts back to nature as saving the rainforests becomes ‘less urgent’ – Jan. 29, 2009′ – The NYT shockingly admitted that “”By one estimate, for every acre of rainforest cut down each year, more than 50 acres of new forest are growing in the tropics on land that was once farmed, logged or ravaged by natural disaster.” The forests are now reverting back to nature as humans migrate to urban areas. (Note: I was producer/correspondent for Amazon Rainforest: Clear-Cutting the Myths in 2000. Also see: Man-made global warming fear promotion has since eclipsed all other environmental issues. Also see: Spoof: NYT: Scientists Now Say Global Warming Fears Fading Away – Claim There Never Was Warming Consensus – As it becomes more and more apparent that reliance on sound science has long ago been abandoned by the green movement — replaced by an anti-human ideology, activism and political agendas – it is a chilling reminder that he who controls your toilet paper may someday very soon control every aspect of your lifestyle choices. See: Big Eco-Brother is Watching You: Personal carbon budgets possible in UK by 2020 Excerpt: “Personal allowances set a limit on emissions produced by activities such as driving and heating homes. People could switch to greener services or do without to meet their allowances, sell credits if they did not use them all, or buy credits if they went over the budget because of more highly polluting activities such as flying.”
The movement to “control” lifestyles based on dubious scientific assertions is having grim consequences. See: It is a moral issue! – ‘People cannot cook’…Chad’s Global Warming Inspired Ban on Charcoal leads to ‘Desperate’ Families! – January 16, 2009 & : Black clergymen protest Robert Redford ‘link his environmentalism to racism’ & Poor Kenyans rebel as UK grocery store’s “carbon friendly” policies may stop food exports – UK Catholic Paper: Green ideology ‘as deadly as Communism’ and see: UN Scientist: African Nations Rebelling at ‘measures to use climate change to maintain colonialist master-servant relationship’ – August 27, 2009]
Diaperless Babies Seen As Earth-Friendly Solution – Critics Deride As ‘Primitive-Worship’ – CNSNews.com – April 22, 2004 – Excerpt: Citing concerns about plastic disposable diapers clogging landfills and the amount of washing and detergents that cloth diapers require, many environmentalists are taking a page from tribal cultures and seeking to eliminate the use of the baby diapers altogether. The green movement is now promoting diaperless babies as a “retro, cutting-edge, environmentally friendly scheme” to mothers throughout the industrialized world. […] “There is a way to have a baby and NOT use diapers,” says one website advocating diaperless babies. Parents are urged to get in tune with their infant’s body signals and hold babies over toilets, buckets and shrubbery or any other convenient receptacle when nature calls. […] One advocate suggests bringing a “tight-lidded bucket” along to serve as a waste receptacle when mothers take their babies out in public. ‘Primitive worship’ But Robert Bidinotto, publisher of ecoNOT.com and a critic of environmentalists, dismisses such notions as “primitive-worship.” “Incredibly, some environmentalists actually prefer that the foul messes we normally capture in diapers and landfills, spill instead onto our linoleum, carpets, and even our children,” Bidinotto told CNSNews.com. Noting many greens’ opposition to flush toilets and now baby diapers, Bidinotto said environmentalists’ have a “strange affinity for bodily wastes,” and he believes they have become “obsessed with toilet issues.”
NYT: No roughing it: Greens target toilet paper manufacturers for making ‘soft and comfortable’ tissue – Mr. Whipple Left It Out: Soft Is Rough on Forests – February 26, 2009
Excerpt: Americans like their toilet tissue soft: exotic confections that are silken, thick and hot-air-fluffed. […]But fluffiness comes at a price: millions of trees harvested in North America and in Latin American countries, including some percentage of trees from rare old-growth forests in Canada. Although toilet tissue can be made at similar cost from recycled material, it is the fiber taken from standing trees that help give it that plush feel, and most large manufacturers rely on them. Customers “demand soft and comfortable,” said James Malone, a spokesman for Georgia Pacific, the maker of Quilted Northern. “Recycled fiber cannot do it.” The country’s soft-tissue habit — call it the Charmin effect — has not escaped the notice of environmentalists, who are increasingly making toilet tissue manufacturers the targets of campaigns. Greenpeace on Monday for the first time issued a national guide for American consumers that rates toilet tissue brands on their environmental soundness. With the recession pushing the price for recycled paper down and Americans showing more willingness to repurpose everything from clothing to tires, environmental groups want more people to switch to recycled toilet tissue. “No forest of any kind should be used to make toilet paper,” said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist and waste expert with the Natural Resource Defense Council. […]Other countries are far less picky about toilet tissue. In many European nations, a rough sheet of paper is deemed sufficient. Other countries are also more willing to use toilet tissue made in part or exclusively from recycled paper.
Excerpt: “Natural living” advocates unveil their latest planet-saving invention – the reusable toilet wipe. Surely it’s time global warming believers marked their houses with some sign, a green pentangle or something, as a warning to visitors to enter at their own risk. (Thanks to reader Marc Morano.)
Excerpt: Extra-soft, quilted and multi-ply toilet roll made from virgin forest causes more damage than gas-guzzlers, fast food or McMansions, say campaigners. The tenderness of the delicate American buttock is causing more environmental devastation than the country’s love of gas-guzzling cars, fast food or McMansions, according to green campaigners. At fault, they say, is the US public’s insistence on extra-soft, quilted and multi-ply products when they use the bathroom.
“This is a product that we use for less than three seconds and the ecological consequences of manufacturing it from trees is enormous,” said Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Future generations are going to look at the way we make toilet paper as one of the greatest excesses of our age. […] “I really do think it is overwhelmingly an American phenomenon,” said Hershkowitz. “People just don’t understand that softness equals ecological destruction.”