It amazes me that left-wing liberals (and first cousin environmental wackos) continue to come up with cockamamie schemes which get off the ground only to come crashing back to earth. Their problem is…..they never follow through in their planning, to the final conclusion. Their plans may look good, sound good, and make ‘em FEEL good. And that’s where it ends.
Let me give you some examples: California’s environmental watchdog, known as CAL-EPA decided to set an example by making the Cal-EPA building “environmentally correct” by installing waterless urinals. 56 of the urinals were purchased and installed in the building. The cost? $25,000.
The objective? Saving 1 million gallons of water per year. Once the fan fare and ’going green’ media hoopla died down, the complaints began pouring in. Hundreds of ‘em. Complaints of sticky floors and bad smells. Finally, the green team at Cal EPA surrendered and ordered the urinals removed.
In Seattle, the town council squandered five MILLION dollars of taxpayer money. The council purchased five automated public toilets. The fancy toilets were to be placed in neighborhoods where drug users, transients, prostitutes and homosexuals congregate. These fancy johns weren’t “pay to operate” either. They were free. A gift to the destitute from the city. It made city officials ‘feel good.’ At first!
Problems began showing up almost immediately. Those who DID use the facilities left so much trash around, the automatic floor scrubbers wouldn’t work. Prostitutes, druggies and homosexuals found immediate use for the privacy behind the locked doors. But, it got SO BAD, even the destitute refused to use the facilities which became a health hazzard.
The city council decided it wasn’t such a great idea after all. So the question became…what to do with the five automated toilets. Answer? Sell ‘em on eBay. The toilets cost one million dollars apiece. Starting bid on eBay? $89,000.
Then there’s “paper or plastic?” By taking the plastic, we were saving the trees. Okay, so we’ve saved a bunch of trees, but look what plastic bags have done to our landfills, creeks. So now, it’s back to paper bags (at a price) or cloth bags. San Francisco has become the first city to outlaw plastic bags –period.
How about those wooden baseball bats in our schools. Oh…they require trees to be cut down in order to be manufactured. Replaced by aluminum bats. Injuries to kids skyrocket.
Then there was the idea of dumping millions of old tires in the ocean to provide habitat for fish. The tires scrubbed the ocean floor clean including coral and the fish didn’t want anything to do with ‘em. The fish left. The tires stayed, until the U.S. Navy was called in to retrieve ‘em all.
I’ve often shined the light on the subject of the “best laid plans of mice and men.” Ideas that politicians, bureaucrats, environmental wackos and others come up with which end up biting everybody else in the butt. One would think they’d eventually stop all this nonsense, but unfortunately, it’s not in their character. THEY want to “feel good”. WE have to pay.