In a very recent article, I talked about how researchers in Denmark reported that wearing a mask, even ones as good as surgical ones, did not provide any statistically significant benefits over not wearing a mask whatsoever. Well, apart from being ineffective in protecting oneself from the Chinese coronavirus, San Francisco is seeing that the masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) that people wear is causing environmental damage to the Bay Area.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “The Bay Area’s first rain of the season is washing away worries of wildfire and drought. But it’s also bringing a new concern: gobs of face masks flooding San Francisco Bay.”
“Early season storms typically sweep a slurry of debris from streets and sidewalks into rivers, creeks and bays. This year, the fall flush not only contains the usual gunk, waste experts say, but a whole lot of discarded PPE – or personal protective equipment, the detritus of the pandemic.”
“This influx of safety scraps into waterways is tough to quantify. However, the California Coastal Commission offered at least some idea of the volume: The agency said there was so much PPE during this year’s September volunteer coastal cleanup and inventory that it had to create a new category for masks and gloves. The items ranked between plastic cups and beverage lids on the list of the top 15 types of litter.”
David Lewis, executive director of the conservation group Save the Bay said: “There’s so much COVID trash. People might think it’s just a little trash and it’s unsightly, but it’s actually having an environmental impact.”
So, like I said, not only do masks not work as advertised, but at least in San Francisco, which has a long history of being a borderline literal “s**thole” because of all the feces and other waste in the streets, it is causing environmental damage.
Why push for the wearing of masks, then, if it’s causing environmental damage? We’ve been told that we “must make sacrifices” for our planet and we have to be comfortable living less comfortably for the sake of our planet, of which we only have one. So, then, shouldn’t people in San Francisco give up their masks in exchange for saving the planet?
Later in the article, the SF Chronicle writes: “Still, 131,000 pounds of garbage was collected during September. Cigarette butts, as usual, were the top trash item, followed by food wrappers. Newly categorized masks and gloves ranked No. 12.”
And that is very significant, that masks and PPE rank at number 12, because, according to Eben Schwartz, a marine debris program manager for the California Coastal Commission, “We’ve never had PPE rising anywhere near the top. And that’s remarkably high, considering we keep track of 50 items.”
So out of the 50 types of items that the CCC keeps track of, masks and PPE ranked at No. 12. That’s insane! It makes me question exactly what kind of poor job the residents of San Francisco are doing in disposing of their masks and other PPE equipment. But more than that, it makes me question what action San Francisco Democrats will take as a result of this.
Will they continue with the mask mandate crap in order to “fight the virus” or will they reverse course on it because it is causing damage to the environment (it can choke marine wildlife, according to the SF Chronicle) and they have “committed” to “fighting climate change”?
I think this is an easier question to answer than people think: they will go with whatever they have to to maintain the power that they have. Whatever is the more popular current topic is what they will go with, regardless of the evidence present. As a result, even despite this report and the very real harm the masks and PPE will cause to the local environment, there will be no pushing back against the masks.
Matter of fact, a dirtier planet means more donations and funding for their climate change orgs, so they would go against their own interests if they were to push back against the masks. They’ve never done a darn thing for the benefit of the planet, only for the benefit of their own wallets and political careers and power.
However, despite their expected actions here, it helps give me ammo against them. Aside from the evidence that there is no statistical advantage or benefit to wearing masks, as reported by the Danish study, we can now see that masks and PPE can be harmful for the environment. Do you think that will go over well with Democrat voters who are told this?
It doesn’t help that the tyrannical lockdowns and guidelines, instituted by Governor Newsom, are stifling the number of volunteers who help clean up the local environment.
According to the SF Chronicle: “The Coastal Commission’s well-known annual cleanup day became a monthlong affair this year because it was safer to organize smaller trash pickups over an extended period. Attendance dropped, too, from the usual 75,000 volunteers to 14,000.”
There are a vast number of reasons as to why lockdowns and guidelines are idiotic, but I can’t imagine it is good news for Democrat voters to hear that, apart from economic troubles which they could not give one wit about, there are also environmental troubles which come as a result of what the Democrat governor is instituting.
And while San Francisco is especially known for being absolutely filthy, I can’t imagine very many other places which have also instituted similar measures are much cleaner. It is possible that the Democrat governors are, through these draconian measures, harming their local environments and causing tremendous and long-term damage (as they would put it).
Again, I doubt they will push back against the mask usage because the Chinese coronavirus gives them a free trial of a dictatorship and because a dirtier planet will mean greater “urgency” to “fight climate change” and lead to more money funneling in, but it is ironic that this avenue they are going for runs against the supposed desires that they advertise.
Do not let them fool you: they don’t care about anything other than themselves. They don’t care about the environment. They don’t care about “women’s rights”. They don’t care about “people’s health and safety” from the Chinese coronavirus. This much is evident in every action they take and have thus far taken.
1 Corinthians 15:33
“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’”
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