The Drinking Straws Debacle: What do you mean Liberals lied?

In reality, your straw usage has almost no impact on the ocean whatsoever. That’s partly because the “500 million straws a day statistic” is invented, and partly because the United States as a whole contributes very, very little to the plastic waste problem.

WALSH: Quit The Hysterics. America Is Responsible For Almost None Of The Plastic In The Ocean.

But it is unimpossible!  The statistics say we are the worst of the worst and Americans are killing the oceans!

About 60% of the plastic in the Ocean comes from five Asian countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. Indonesia’s Citarum River, the most polluted river on Earth, is essentially a massive trash heap on a giant aquatic conveyor belt. Every day, 20,000 tons of waste and 340,000 tons of wastewater are dumped into it and then ferried to the ocean. In places like Vietnam, plastic in the water is the least of anyone’s concerns. Raw sewage is discharged directly into water ways, turning the rivers toxic.

I invite you to read the rest of the article. It is short and quite illuminating.

Hat Tip Greg T.

3 Replies to “The Drinking Straws Debacle: What do you mean Liberals lied?”

  1. Several of those countries have totalitarian governments, which means governments that don’t care one bit about the health or safety of the subjects. So pollution is what you’d expect.

  2. Oh, and after a shiddy day at work, I see news from Disney that at some point in the future they will stop providing straws at their parks.

    Bad enough having to deal with the cardboard straws at Animal Kingdom… now they’re gonna fuck up my Dole Whip?


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