Unanimous Willful Ignorance Is Expensive

Consider the very large amounts of air, ground, and water pollution we humans create.

Even just looking around, it is common in many areas to see garbage littering the ground, blowing past us in the wind.

Include past incidents of radioactive pollution accidentally released from nuclear power generation.  Such as Chernobyl, where people still cannot live.

Now include some current radioactive pollution released from nuclear power.  Just this week it is being reported that 300 tonnes of contaminated groundwater from Fukushima Daiichi is going into the Pacific Ocean.  Daily.

There are also reports of intentionally disposing of radioactive waste into various bodies of water.  Including an anecdotal story in the u.s.a.’s Okefenokee Swamp.  Where, if true, it presumably anonymously remains.

And what about the thousands of times our species intentionally infused radiation into our environment with nuclear weapons use and testing?

A near unanimity of climate and Earth scientists consider it likely that global warming is largely caused by greenhouse gases from human activities.  It greatly threatens our own habitats, food production, and thus viability.

But a 2010 poll shows that 59% of the u.s.a. understand there to be substantial disagreement by scientists on the cause.  A 2013 poll shows  37% of the u.s.a. believes global warming to be a hoax.

Our bodies of water have become garbage dumps, now containing large amounts of chemical, visible, or particulate detritus.  An estimated million + aquatic animals are killed by becoming entangled in or ingesting our debris.  Annually.

One source claims that people dump 14 billion pounds of garbage into our oceans.  Annually.

One of the five major ocean garbage patches, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is estimated to have 3.5 million tons of trash, possibly doubling in five years.

An average of 46,000 pieces of plastic contaminate every square mile of our oceans.

Due to human activity, now only one in five u.s.a. rivers and streams are in good condition.

Review our first world, civilized, enlightened, 21st century country, with numerous long-standing institutions of revered higher education, which have endowments in excess of $282 billion.  And that we expend over $900 billion for all education.  Annually.

But despite such tradition and enormous funding, the public is still so uneducated as to more or less unanimously support employment, insurance, and tax benefits for having more babies, who will increase the above noted pollutions.  And the nation unanimously supports the two controlling political parties supporting this policy.

The electorate in this country – and many others – would ensure defeat for any politician who dared embrace our pro-environment position.

Public ignorance often makes honesty and well-informed responsibility political suicide.

And what about our divisive, annihilatory, debt-fueled, imperial-size, nuclear weaponized, anti-environment militarism?  It is supported by both parties, and thus the entire nation.

Even considering the aforementioned hyper-massive environmental degradations we impose, a 2013 u.s.a. poll shows 45% are merely pro-choice when it comes to human reproduction.

In other words, based upon each individual’s degree of lazy ignorance and selfishness, people should get to decide for themselves if they want to create a Mini-Me to increase the warming smog in our air, the garbage and oil in our oceans, and the litter and toxic contaminates on and in our land.

Could it get any worse?  Yes.  The same Gallup poll shows an even higher number, 48%, are anti-abortion.

Could pro-pollution attitudes on this subject get yet worse still?  Yes.  With Earth environment so low on the list of considerations by people, pro-abortion does not even poll: 0%.  Unanimous.  Willful.  Ignorance.

“The environment is pro-abortion.  Our environment is pro-abortion.  Earth is pro-abortion.”  – self

 

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Climate_science_opinion2.png

http://www.treehugger.com/clean-water/55-percent-us-rivers-and-streams-are-poor-condition-says-epa.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/10/trash-waves-indonesia_n_3736913.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_opinion_on_climate_change

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1295855/fukushima-daiichi-plants-nuclear-leaks-poison-pacific-and-way-life

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art16833.asp

http://www.gallup.com/poll/1576/Abortion.aspx#1

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_garbage_is_put_into_the_ocean_each_year

http://www.seeturtles.org/1128/ocean-plastic.html

http://oceancrusaders.org/who-we-are-and-what-we-do/

http://goo.gl/QlMUT

title and body  – self

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