Comments on: The New Canary in the Coal Mine http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/12/the-new-canary/ The EPA Blog Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:24:21 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: David Mc http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/12/the-new-canary/#comment-16761 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 02:34:34 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1270#comment-16761 Hey Al, the Earth will survive with or without us.
We will learn that the economy cannot continue to grow.
Maybe we’ll learn too late, but we’ll learn.

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By: David Mc http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/12/the-new-canary/#comment-16760 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 02:32:02 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1270#comment-16760 I agree. It’s like saying “don’t bother to vote” oh, bad example.

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By: Al Bannet http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/12/the-new-canary/#comment-16759 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 15:30:41 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1270#comment-16759 Thr business as usual crowd imagine the human population and its economy cam grow forever, onward and outward to other living planets waiting to be discovered, never mind this one, it will take care of itelf.
It will indeed, but not to their liking. The basic problem is overpopulation. Most people are good, but too much of any good thing turns it bad. So, if we humans can learn to recycle 100% of all our waste and garbage and peacefully practice family planning to reduce our population to around three billion, we can live in balance with the Earth and at peace with each other, and there would then be plenty of resources for everyone. Otherwise, it’s ecocide and extinction of most of the Earth’s species, including us.

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By: Michael E. Bailey http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/12/the-new-canary/#comment-16758 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 04:59:46 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1270#comment-16758 The complex I live at is replacing some landscape with native plants. But some does not need to be replaced because much of the native trees were left in place when the complex was built. A composting program will take the leaves from the grounds, balconies, and patio decks and grass clippings from the grounds to make fertilizer to go back on our plants. This will allow us to resuse green waste instead of the landscapers trucking it to the landfill and will reduce our landscaping bill accordingly. It costs alot less to operate clean than it does to operate dirty and the whole planet benefits. We do have major sources of pollution that must be addressed at the same time individuals and homeowner associations change how they do things. California has passed AB32 to significantly cut green house gases and this is an effort being carried out by CalEPA, the state Energy Commission, and the state Public Utilities Commission. They are trying to get the involvement of power companies and others in developing the means to get to major reductions in emmissions. But at the same time there is a threat of large scale and permanent layoffs of state employees, huge cuts in budgets, and the opposition and sometimes out and out hostility by some who say the California economy is as it is now because of CalEPA and who say every job in California is in danger because of environmental madness by CalEPA. Some people don’t get it that it cost less to operate clean than it does to operate dirty. A cleaner economy will result in more jobs not less. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

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By: Al Bannet http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/12/the-new-canary/#comment-16757 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 13:43:47 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1270#comment-16757 That is a delusion because while we are making our little changes in our daily habits, the coal fired power plants continue to pump thousands of tons of toxic smoke up into the atmosphere and thousands of jet planes add more, and tons of garbage and waste continue to be dumped into the the global ocean and the mountains of “landfill” keep on growing as the human population continues to grow and politicians pledge to “get this economy back on track growing again.”. It’s madness, suicidal insanity.

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By: Anonymous http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/12/the-new-canary/#comment-16756 Sat, 02 Jan 2010 18:25:53 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1270#comment-16756 While individual actions by themselves may not make huge differences, if each of us did something to help even if something small, it’ll all add up to helping the environment .

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By: Al Bannet http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/12/the-new-canary/#comment-16755 Sat, 02 Jan 2010 14:00:29 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1270#comment-16755 In one respect your are right: If every shopper in the World refused to use plastic shopping bags or accept plastic packaging, the amount of plastic debris in the ocean could decline and disappear; and if every person in the World used a home made energy source, the coal fired power plants could shut down; and if everyone refused to fly on jet planes, they could be grounded; and if all the garbage and pollution in the World could be safely recycled the toxic build up in the soil, water and air could reverse; and if peaceful family planning became the law in every nation, the Earth might return to its natural balance and our civilization could prosper as never before. But instead, various piecemeal projects are used to cover the instinctive urge to grow the economy and the population forever — on a slowly shrinking planet of limited resources. So, you see, there is dream and there is reality. Small projects do make a small difference, while the planet turns sour.

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By: Joan http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/12/the-new-canary/#comment-16754 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 18:38:21 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1270#comment-16754 One person may not be able to “save the world” by making small changes in their habits. But, why not live as if our actions will make a difference? Because, our actions DO make a difference.

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By: Al Bannet http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/12/the-new-canary/#comment-16753 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 16:41:02 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1270#comment-16753 Yoy can’t save the frogs and you can’t save human civilization because you’re not willing to face the harsh reality of the growing population, the growing economy and their relentless encroachment upon every last vestige of natural wilderness while piling up trash in mountains of “landfill” and choking the global ocean with growing tons of garbage that is polluting the entire planet. You can’t stop that unless you reduce the human population and recycle 100% of all waste products, but you’re not even willing to talk about it. So you put out this phony advice pretending that individual citizens need only change their buying habits and everything will be fine and people and their businesses can go right on growing and expanding forever. You cling to this idiotic delusion despite all evidence to the contrary because you are a bureaucrat following the policy of “don’t make waves”. If you had a workable conscience you would be screaming at your employers and the public that we are being led down a garden path of short term profits to deny any long term consequences. But you have your precious career to be concerned about, so all of you go on and on deceiving the public as the the actual toxicity of this global economy we are trapped in. How do you sleep at night???

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By: armansyahardanis http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/12/the-new-canary/#comment-16752 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 15:57:01 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1270#comment-16752 Here, we have much frogs unlimited, especially at paddy field. My neighbor near that location and on night we heard their voices. Our myth, if her voices highest, its mean their hope rainfall. But after that the snakes can eat them. Natural cyclical…. Now, fast or late, our amphibians can lost, not by snakes, but estate or properties. Bye nature ……!!!!!

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