John Stossel – Recycling Stupidity
Stossel examines the wisdom of recycling programs and the sustainability movement.
Following is a partial transcript:
Economist Holly Fretwell: When we talk about recycling glass, we’re actually talking about replacing sand, right, one of the most abundant materials on earth.
Stossel: Glass is made of sand there’s sure infinite sand around. Who cares if we recycle glass? This isn’t gonna make any difference.
Proud, Young, Gullible Environmentalist: Florence Singer: The average American they produce 4.4 pounds of trash per day.
Stossel: So what if we produce four pounds?
Proud, Young, Gullible Environmentalist Florence Singer: It’s hurting the environment because we have to create more and more landfills and landfills aren’t free
Stossel: Lots of people believe America will soon run out of landfill space, but it’s not true.
Economist Holly Fretwell: We’re not running out of landfill space. We have more landfill space than we historically have ever had.
Stossel: How can there be more space.
Economist Holly Fretwell: We’ve created these big landfills that are really safe and have liners within them so that they don’t permeate into the ground and destroy the water tables and once we fill that up we seal it off and we put a park on top.
Stossel: A park or the ski resort or this beach near Boston all built on landfills.
Economist Holly Fretwell: All of America’s garbage for the next 100 years would fit on Ted Turner’s Flying Bee ranch in Montana with 50,000 acres to spare.
Stossel: You could put all the world’s trash for the next thousand years into 15 mile square landfill. There’s lots of room out there.
Proud, Young, Gullible Environmentalist Florence Singer: That doesn’t make it okay.
Stossel: Why not it just sits there and you build ski mountains over it.
Proud, Young, Gullible Environmentalist Florence Singer: I prefer to do things in a way that are in homeostasis with the way that the earth is.
Stossel: It sure is nice to live in a country where young people can afford to pay more for organic food, and have so much free time that they wash everything by hand and feel empowered by living what they call a sustainable life.
Proud, Young, Gullible Environmentalist Florence Singer: I had no idea that it was even possible to live without producing trash. And when I learned that it was like this, wow, I’m so empowered .