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San Francisco: The recycling police state

June 11, 2009

San Franciscans will soon be fined unless they dispose of trash and recycle precisely according to the scheme below: San Francisco’s idea has some merit — but we recommend the following improvements to the scheme: Click here for the San Francisco Chronicle report.

Green irony: Recycling sags with economy

March 16, 2009

Trash has become worthless in China, crimping the recycling business, the New York Times reported on March 12. The problem isn’t confined to China: Environmentalists and recycling experts worry about the impact of the recycling slump. With Western curbside recycling programs becoming less profitable, local governments are being forced to re-examine their programs as they […]

EPA’s Mercurial Hypocrisy

January 3, 2011

How cynical is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about the potential mercury hazard of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)? Last week the EPA issued new guidance for the clean-up of mercury-containing CFLs. Atypically minimizing any potential health risks and arrogantly assuming that people patronize the agency’s web site, the EPA’s media release states, CFLs contain […]

The Junkman goes to vote…

November 2, 2010

… behind the green curtain in the Peoples Republic of Maryland. As I pulled into the garage at my polling place, the University of Maryland at Shady Grove, I was prevented from parking my Ford Expedition in the first convenient space because the best spaces were for: Note that these spaces weren’t even for the […]

Next: Cash-for-refrigerators

August 6, 2009

Actually, it’s already happening. The New York Times reported (Aug. 4): Last week, New Jersey began a statewide program that offers residents a $30 rebate by recycling eligible refrigerators or freezers. Old refrigerators and freezers in Vermont also fetch $30, under a program begun last month. But is the taxpayer subsidy necessary? According to the […]

Greens: Pay more for less water

July 28, 2009

In response to the Pacific Institute’s new report calling for California farmers to pay more for less water, the farmers are saying that the water crisis is green-made and that the solution is more water. According to ClimateWire: Mike Wade, executive director of the California Farm Water Coalition, called the current drought “man-made” and the […]

White House looks to re-brand ‘cap-and-trade’; announces naming contest

May 12, 2009

What’s in a name? Apparently, nothing conducive to green oppression if it’s “cap-and-trade.” The White House is looking to replace the term “cap-and-trade” with something more exciting to the public, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. According to the Times, Today, aides in Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality will meet with a […]

Bamboo-zled: The veneer of a ‘green’ laptop

April 12, 2009

This ABC News video, “Combatting ‘Vampire Energy’” spotlights the alleged eco-friendliness of Asus’ new laptops made with bamboo. While soaking in the the video’s empty-headedness is worth the 5 minute-watch, the relevant portion begins at 3:55 — just in case you’ve already reached the saturation point on green vacuity and want to fast forward to […]

Seattle to vote on plastic bag fees

March 25, 2009 reports that Seattle residents will vote in August on whether to impose on themselves a 20-cent surcharge for plastic shopping bags. Does a surcharge make sense? Here’s what a GreenHellBlog commenter had to say: In point of fact, the plastic bags are made from waste gases that would be burned off on the waste […]

Green potty of the future: Must-see video

March 13, 2009

We recently spotlighted a New York Times op-ed promoting urine recycling through a urine diversion toilet. So check out this GreenOceanProject YouTube video of how a urine diversion toilet works. Steve Milloy’s new book Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them to learn how the […]