8.27.2010

Really?

I think it's suspicious that I've heard, dozens of times now, about a floating heap of plastic garbage "twice the size of Texas" somewhere in the Pacific Ocean... but have never seen a photograph.

5 comments:

Insignificant Wrangler said...

how's this? The videos even have catchy tunes.

Casey said...

I'm not saying the world's not covered with trash... but I still couldn't find a video or picture of a floating island of debris in the Pacific. Did you find it there?

Insignificant Wrangler said...

The site has a few pictures of the trash floating underwater. But it also explains in the faq (http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/info/patch.html):

"The name “garbage patch” is a misnomer. There is no island of trash forming in the middle of the ocean nor a blanket of trash that can be seen with satellite or aerial photographs. This is likely because much of the debris found here is small bits of floating plastic not easily seen from a boat."

Given your position on global warming, I have a sense of how well you trust "you can't see it" arguments.

Casey said...

It's not that I don't believe that there's a garbage problem in the Pacific -- or that I'm not bothered by it! -- it's just that sometimes phrases like "an island of trash twice the size of Texas" make me wonder. I'm all for clean-up, though. In fact, I spent all morning at a recycling center (gross) sorting bottles as part of a local charity effort. I wish I could find a way to get a reputation as an environmentalist despite the fact that I don't believe we're going to boil ourselves alive if we don't stop driving. Like Thoreau, y'know?

Okay, Glenn Beck is talking about MLK, Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on C-Span right now... I can't miss this!

fenhopper said...

if phrases like "an island of trash twice the size of Texas" get to you, how can you feel about glenn beck's hyperbole? i mean, seriously. you say you "like" him, so…? you can see, can't you, why people like painting the image of filth island?