Todays Installment Of Evironmentalism Run Rampant

Discussion in 'World Events' started by Mopar Dude, Jan 18, 2020.

  1. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    As Americans we have a terrible tenancy to take an initial good idea and carry it to the extreme. Such has been the case with environmentalism in my book. In the 1960's & 70's when our rivers were on fire and acid rain was falling on our cities, we took action and that was good. Now fifty years later many view environmentalism in near religious overtones. I often see reactions that border on the absurd out in my daily running around and I'll post them here for folly as I run into them.

    I had an unfortunate incident with a mailbox attacking my truck and my taillight assembly was the casualty of the run-in. Today I go to the dealer for a new taillight assembly. The man tells me that will be $67.00. He hands me the bill and it reads $147.00. Puzzled, I ask if there is a mistake. No, the man tells me. There is an $80.00 core charge..... Well, I know what a core charge is as I have turned a few wrenches in my day. So again I say, well that must be a mistake. No he says. The manufacturer wants to make sure no excess plastic goes to the landfills. This gave me quite the chuckle. If there were any plastic left, I would not be replacing my taillight assembly. So I go out in his parking lot, replace the assembly and five minutes later return the carcass assembly and get my eighty bucks. I would surmise the additional effort and amount of paper he created for this absurd transaction nullified the ridiculous core charge. Absolute absurdity.

    I hope you enjoyed today's installment. Stay tuned. More to follow.
     
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  2. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    I been in the commercial construction supply business for more than thirty years. I have daily communications with commercial architects and am well regarded in the architectural community (I think)... Architectural work requires boatloads of paper. It is quite common for me to receive requests from the architectural community asking that I propose my products and include seven copies of each proposed item. Been that way since forever.....

    So now we turn the clock back maybe fifteen years. All the young architects that send me their proposal requests do so via email. And each email has a cute little caricature of a little tree pleading with me to consider the environment before I print their little edict.

    So five years ago I decided to add my own verbiage at the bottom of my emails that reads, "Please feel free to print this email. Paper is fully sustainable and provides American jobs".

    It occurred to me today that I cannot recall the last time I saw a tree on the bottom of any architectural emails of late. Perhaps my retaliatory message made some sense to somebody somewhere.

    I hope you enjoyed today's installment.....
     
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  3. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    In another exciting installment of environmentalism run rampant........ I have served the commercial construction industry since the Jurassic period and the last 8-10 years commercial construction has been catering to the environmentalists. That's fine, but sometimes things need to be thought through...... Eight years ago the local university built a twenty million dollar business school. It was to be a pinnacle of higher education and a highlight of green building techniques. One of the more visible architectural features was a "green roof". The roof of this multi-million dollar facility is landscaped with trees and shrubbery. The first inkling of trouble was when a small hurricane passed over and the entire facility flooded from the overworked rooftop irrigation. Now some years later we have had a full years rainfall in six weeks. And yes, the school is closed due to continued flooding problems.

    Falling on the heels of the university's ten million dollar power generating facility (it was supposed to use waste as fuel) failing and permanently closing, I have to wonder if they may be getting a bit tired of catering to their young environmentally conscious students.
     
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  4. toughcoins

    toughcoins Rarely is the liberal viewpoint tainted by realism

    Electric vehicles, intended to reduce the carbon footprint of the fossil-fuel-burning cars they would replace do just that. They emit fewer by-products into the atmosphere.

    Unfortunately the batteries themselves add too much carbon footprint of their own, to the point that, when combined with that of the EV, the total exceeds that of the gas-guzzlers.

    To top it all off, the amount of infrastructure needed to deliver on the vision of widespread use of EV is daunting, not to mention the energy-consuming burden of concurrent charging of all EVs in a geographic area. Level-loading of the generation systems would be a good way to address that burden, but it is impractical for someone to commit to consistently charging their EV in a specified time slot, and at a specified location.

    The environmentalist desire to implement EV right now is many years ahead of our ability to succeed in this effort, and they need to pull back on the reins a bit.
     
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  5. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    Been a while. It's time for a new installment of Environmentalism Run Rampant..... My wife coordinates all the technology at a major university. She has been very harried since April....... The previous administration incorporated a wonderful sounding plan for new construction called LEED. In short, the practice allows tax credits to building owners of new construction projects that implement energy savings ideas into their new building. This is your backstory.

    Currently the university that my wife works for is experiencing quite the Covid outbreak. Yesterday the president of the university announced that anyone on campus can be tested at one of two outdoor Covid testing facilities that are being set up today..... The University has all their buildings set up for wireless internet. The issue just realized is that the window coatings that were applied to meet LEED standards do not allow wireless signal to escape the buildings. The Covid testing sites will not have any connectivity tomorrow during their testing. Oh well.
     
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  6. toughcoins

    toughcoins Rarely is the liberal viewpoint tainted by realism


    Gee, I wonder if those windows can prevent COVID from escaping buildings . . .
     
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    Can you believe it? A core charge that helps prevent usable plastic in significant hunks from being dumped into a landfill? Crazy, right? If every company did things like that to lighten our collective load on the planet, who knows where it would end?
     
  8. toughcoins

    toughcoins Rarely is the liberal viewpoint tainted by realism


    Short-sighted actions like this will end with a low-cost black market for inferior offshore replacement goods to circumvent the core charge. Not only will the absence of a core charge make landfills the more likely destination than the recycling stream, but the shorter life of the inferior products will also increase the number of replacements.

    I have no problem with a more reasonable core charge on such items, but when it is made excessive, it becomes an invitation to what I posited above. Get ahead of the problem you didn't see coming by bringing the core charges down to something more realistic, like 1/3 of the price, but not over 100%.
     
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  9. Mopar Dude

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    And this is exactly my issue with these knee-jerk environmental actions. It is much like the business model for a failing business. Every action has a resulting reaction. And if the effort is not made to reason out what that reaction may be, you end up with a larger problem than you began with. Yet we keep repeating these knee-jerk actions because it makes environmentalists feel good.
     
  10. toughcoins

    toughcoins Rarely is the liberal viewpoint tainted by realism

    Returning to the old checkers versus chess adage, they think only one step ahead, repeatedly putting us in more trouble than we started with.
     
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  11. Recusant
    Spaced

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    Here's a neat little trick that apparently hasn't occurred to you. To avoid the core charge entirely, bring the part in with you when you go to purchase its replacement. Amazing!
     
  12. toughcoins

    toughcoins Rarely is the liberal viewpoint tainted by realism

    So, picture MD's situation.

    He removes the broken taillight from the truck at home because one never knows what tools are required until halfway into the job (a thankless PITA job for many poorly designed vehicles nowadays). Then he heads for the auto parts store with the broken taillight in the vehicle, not even knowing if the store will have the right part in stock or not, and gets pulled over by a patrolman on the way for a missing taillight.

    Brilliant!
     
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  13. Mopar Dude

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    I was thinking more along the lines of driving your car with worn out brakes to secure a new set of shoes.... But this is the liberals routine play. Throw spitballs at an issue and hope one will stick. Rarely do they consider the issue at hand and think it through to conclusion to achieve a lasting result.
     

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