This will be the last in the Bullshit series that I post up here. All of this great Penn and Teller Series is available somewhere on youtube, from several different accounts. Recycling has embedded itself into every single community in America, and it accomplishes nothing that its advocates claim. My favorite part of this episode however is that it includes the commercial where the Indian cries at the end. One by one, each of the arguments for using recycling as a means to ignore market signals that should be the basis for economic decisions, will be destroyed. Yet, I predict that by the time you next throw something away, you will give nary a thought concerning the destructive behavior known as recycling.
It costs more to recycle than not to recycle. Recycling is bad for the environment. It wastes energy, and creates the use of greater amounts of fossil fuels to be burned. It increases the carbon foot print of the average American, some times up to an increase of 100%. What’s even worst than that however, is that the entire recycling industry is based upon an egregious lie, told by a bureaucrat who made himself rich off of the entire process. Remember the name, J. Winston Porter, as he is the face to the pain that is recycling.
The scene with Californians taking a test by sorting trash into about a dozen different colored 1 yard dumpsters is priceless.