Monday, April 9, 2007

Your environmental tax dollars at work

Environment Canada is funding yet another study to study the feasibility of future studies that will ultimately result in recommendations for more laws and regulations. Separating fact from fiction these days requires a degree:

The rapidly increasing disposal of batteries containing toxic chemicals by Canadian consumers could pose a threat to environment and public health, according to an Environment Canada report.

The Canadian Consumer Battery Baseline Study, prepared to investigate the use of consumer and household batteries, found that Canadians will throw out nearly 500 million batteries by 2010, up from 347 million in 2004.

[..] While consumer batteries account for a very small percentage of the Canadian municipal waste they can pose potential danger to water supply and general public. The disposed batteries contain thousands of tonnes of toxic substances. It is possible that substances such as lead and mercury may leach into the environment from landfill sites.

"We are concerned that large amounts of products containing toxic substances are thrown out in our landfills every day," said Environment Minister John Baird. "The results of this Study will help Environment Canada challenge the battery industry to improve the recovery and recycling of batteries."
Union representatives from the battery industry are threatening militant uprisings should their jobs be threatened from increased standards and associated costs.

"The government should stop picking on the little guy and go after the big polluters, like the plastic bag makers," said Batteries Are Our Friends (BAOF) representative Alkaline Powers.

"People can make due without plastic bags, but batteries are essential to modern day existence."

Union representatives for the plastic bag manufacturers collective countered that their employees also have mouths to feed, and pointed out that not everyone can afford a cloth bag. Representative Biograde Eventually told the London Fog that
"most families reuse and recycle their plastic bags, unlike batteries, which can generally only be used for a short period of time before they are useless."

Ms. Eventually was also upset about a recent ban on plastic bags in a small town in Manitoba that would fine retailers up to $1000 for distributing "single-use" bags.

"This by-law clearly favors cloth-bag manufacturers," she said.


HoneyPot said...

So it begins. The glowtard movement to shut down the economy. Today plastic bags and batteries, tomorrow the atuomobile industry.

With the abstract compassion of a surgeon, the glowtards in their ivory towers will not be content until Canada resembles a third world nation. Not a thought, or a care towards people losing their jobs and the ripple effect that will have on our country. Too stupid to even figure out how it will effect them.

Little Big Man said...

Is it just me, or to you agree that Norman de Bono's Free Press article (to which you link in your column) is almost unreadable. Consider the following "paragraph" from his column:

"If firms shut without offering workers fair severance, which they're legally obligated to provide, and if government fails to use legislation to save jobs, London labour leaders agree they'll take action."

Do firms "shut", or do firms shut SOMETHING? And consider the mixed tenses: "If X happens in the future, and if Y happens in the future, then Z is already true".

Un-F-ing believable. It's like reading student-rendered code in the first week of a course on Fortran programming.