Amazingly, The Guardian doesn’t ask the only important question

So Ljubljana recycles lots. Household sorting, very little going to landfill, yadda yadda.

Great.

The question they don’t ask being “How much does it cost?” That being the essential precursor to being able to work out whether it uses more resources or not…..

10 thoughts on “Amazingly, The Guardian doesn’t ask the only important question”

  1. Bloke in Germany in London

    If you include CHP, something approaching 100% of German domestic waste is recycled.

  2. Why is landfill automatically assumed to be a bad thing?

    Because it makes Gaia very unhappy :weepy face:

  3. Also ditto Brian Cox “We must colonise Mars because we’ll get hit by an asteroid” – spend trillions to mitigate a problem so unlikely to happen within even a dozen future lifetimes it makes winning the Lottery look like an evens bet.

    The phrase “opportunity cost”, let alone what something actually costs, is unknown amongst these people.

  4. And what are the chances that, if mankind actually managed to colonise Mars, the new colony would be wiped out just as soon as it got up and running by another wayward asteroid. For a thinker Dr Cox doesn’t really think does he.

  5. And what are the chances that, if mankind actually managed to colonise Mars, the new colony would be wiped out just as soon as it got up and running by another wayward asteroid

    Mars is surely at greater risk from asteroidal destruction, as it lacks the protective atmosphere? Unless Bri thinks we’ll be doing full sci-fi terraforming, which cool, but probably expensive compared with nuking asteroids to blow them off course.

    For a thinker Dr Cox doesn’t really think does he.

    In his defence, he was probably only thinking: “What guff can i come up with to get some publicity for my latest gig?”

  6. Bloke no Longer in Austria

    Some time ago, I saw a discussion about recycling in Hawaii ( was it here, or Bishophill ?). Anyway my first thought was, why worry about lack of landfill sites in Hawaii. Why not just chuck the rubbish into a volcano. It worked in Mordor.
    Slovenia has mountains and stuff, I’m sure that they have plenty of deep valleys that could be filled. Just move the cows somewhere else.
    ( and its proper name is Laibach if you please)

  7. Heinlein wrote, in the 1970’s I think, that by his calculations the human race had not by then produced more garbage than would fill a pit of 1 cubic mile.

    Is there any reason to suspect this is incorrect? Does anyone have a better calculation?

    The volume of the earth’s mantle is 218,400,000,000 cubic miles. The volume of the top mile of the earth is 98,455,768 cubic miles. 71% of the earth’s surface is water. The volume of the top 1 mile of available land for a Big Fucking Garbage Dump is 28,552,173 cubic miles.

    Leftist environmentalist==innumerate.

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