On Wednesday, January 06, 2010, we encountered some young folks who were raising funds for Environment California. Like all liberals, they were using scare tactics to motivate donations. Their literature sets the tone with this: "The Pacific Garbage Patch is an area of the ocean twice the size of Texas, swirling with 1000 million tons of plastic, Styrofoam and other garbage. The seawater there contains six times more plastic than plankton."
Sometime ago we saw a report on the BBC showing garbage that had washed up on the shore of Wake Island so we had some separate substantiating information that they weren't putting us on.
We had hoped to have some fun with this column by writing about some frivolous tidbits of information, such as the fact that Australia's biggest summer hotrod event, Summernats,in Canberra, or Elvis' birthday(didn't get an invite to the party at is home in Kalamazoo), but then we started to wonder how those fund raising youngsters were going to convince the skeptics that the Pacific Garbage Patch really exists?
*(sigh)* Do you think that the American hot rodders who fly Confederate flags could identify with a national event that carries the slogan "Beer, boobs and burn-outs"?
Did Elvis ever make a Public Service Announcement (PSA) about preventing pollution?
Heck, James Dean made a PSA advocating safe driving. Didn't he even add the cliche' "The life you save may be mine."?
Gees, if people don't believe the scientists, who assert that the polar bears (Ursis maritimus) are living on death row, how are those people going to convince skeptics that something that is "twice the size of Texas" is sitting out there beyond the horizon? If they don't have Google pictures of it, maybe they should start using a passenger ship to offer cruise excursions to environmental activists.
Obviously, if the island is made up of garbage, they can't land airplanes there.
(What ever happened to the underwater hotel that opened amid an avalanche [well I saw one] of feature stories about the unique tourist experience in the Caribbean?)