Sunday, May 15, 2016

NOAA: Pacific Trash Island Doesn't Exist

Calwatchdog reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency is saying that huge plastic garbage patch we're told floats out in the Pacific Ocean doesn't exist, at least to the extent environmentalists have claimed:

"While there is a Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean (apparently, there’s many of these patches throughout the global ocean), it’s not an island of trash, it’s difficult to see and it definitely can’t be walked on."

That's not to suggest we don't have problems with too much trash in the ocean.


At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Environmentalists" do not claim there is an island. Misinformed people do.

At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never seen it described as the "Pacific Trash Island."

From what I've seen it's usually referred to as the "Pacific Garbage Patch" or "Pacific Garbage Gyre."

At 8:35 AM, Blogger A patriot said...

Believe what the government tells you. Now!

At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inventors have created devices for turning plastics back into the oil they were created from in the first place. If the environmental groups were honest about their endeavors, they would promote innovation like this instead of the hate & blame they thrive off. But, then, they'd have no excuse for starving the masses by closing farms & ranches, while stealing their lands through phony green decoys.

At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 8:43

Why should "environmentalists" be responsible for promoting innovation to turn garbage back into oil? Shouldn't that responsibility and innovation come from the very industry that produces that oil, and garbage, in the first place as well as all those other wonderful innovations, like fracking and massive oil pipelines across our backyards (that will never break, of course)? Oh, right. I forgot. There's no $$$ in doing that for the Koch bros. Must be the environmentalists fault.
Gotta love these smug billionaire enablers.

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Sally Sheffield said...

Since I currently live in central Texas, I found the description Texas-sized island especially funny. A few years ago, I saw a TV show on PBS about floating islands of trash in the oceans. They didn't say (at that time) any of them could be walked upon or across.

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

"Why should "environmentalists" be responsible for promoting innovation to turn garbage back into oil?"

I'd suggest since so many of them promote bans of one thing or another, they should have some responsibility for coming up with alternatives, aside from "we just don't need them", as Sylvia De Rooy did in her letter published in the Times- Standard today.

If you look at what hey do, it's pretty pathetic. They promote recycling, then propose at least defacto bans on some of the easiest recycled items like plastic water bottles. I believe San Francisco banned, or was planning to ban, giving out plastic bottles at public events. I'm not sure, but I thought I read something about HSU banning sales of things in plastic bottles on campus.

I'd suggest those things were promoted by at least some environmnentalists.

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Julie Timmons said...

That's right , there's no ONE "trash island" there are many. Feel better now?

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our government allocates all kinds of money for projects that are not left to a vote of approval from the people. Only after a serious disaster like the gulf oil spill do they find ocean cleanup a necessity. There are lots of concerned private parties with $ who could orchestrate some effort to deal with this floating debris,but notice how neither government or private are really shot up about sticking their hands in the water? FUKUSHIMA MAY BE MAKING THE TRASH LOOK LIKE PARTY CONFETTI! Priorities people,priorities


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