For climate warriors and environmental radicals, science (her Science anyway) is always “clarified”.
That is, until it is no longer so.
The latest backtrack? It turns out there’s less plastic in the oceans than people say. Far fewer.
Per a new study in the journal Nature Geoscienceonly 500,000 tons of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year, not the previously lamented 8 million tons.
That’s an overstatement 1,600%!
Meanwhile, concerns about sea plastic have led to restrictions on the use of a range of products – shopping bags, utensils, straws – regardless of the inconvenience or side effects.
But don’t expect the revised “science” to change the minds of the ideologues.
For example, the eco-friendly New York Times: admitted the completely wrong original estimate however, continues to insist that marine plastic is a major problem.
“There may be less plastic in the sea than we thought. But read on,” read the headline.
“Within 20 years, the amount of plastic on the ocean’s surface could double,” the story goes.
Notably, an earlier Times headline accompanying this report simply stated, “Previous study overestimated amount of plastic in oceans.”
Nonetheless, the newspaper has been known to change headlines when faced with pressure from the left.
In fact, John Tierney, waste expert at the Manhattan Institute, states that “virtually all of the consumer plastics that pollute the world’s oceans come from ‘badly managed waste’ in developing countries.”
He adds that “less plastic would pollute the oceans if Americans threw away their yogurt containers and water bottles so the plastic could be safely buried at the nearest landfill.”
But US environmentalists reject the establishment of landfills. Instead, most of the garbage is shipped to developing countries.
As with COVID and global warming, leftists like to preach, “Follow the science.”
Too bad they don’t follow their own advice.