Saturday, August 11, 2007

Post of the Month: July - And Some Other Stuff

Let me just say straight out: I don't like the Moderate Plan for Iraq anymore. I didn't plan it out fully, and the situation has changed. I now endorse the Iraq Study Group's plan. That's obviously a little outdated. So now Time Magazine has published a plan. And I really like it.

Other thing. Like arguing with a global warming denier? Then check out this forum. In this thread, we got into a heated argument over global warming.

Post of the Month for May is... 7 Facts You Never Knew About Bottled Water

Part 1 in a 2-part miniseries.

7 facts you didn’t know about bottled water (you can draw your own conclusions):

• Tap water is just as safe as bottled water. In fact, the U.S. government requires more rigorous testing on tap water than on bottled water. [1] [2]

• Bottled water is thousands of times more expensive than water from your faucet. [1]

• Terephthalate (PET) is the most commonly used plastic for making water bottles. PET is derived from crude oil. [3]

• Just in the U.S., 1.5 MILLION barrels of oil are used each year for tasks such as (but not limited to) making PET, transporting bottles and powering water bottle factories. [3]

2.7 MILLION tons of plastic are used to bottle water bottles every year. [3]

86% of water bottles aren’t recycled. [4]

• About 40% of bottled water starts as tap water. [5]

Food & Water Watch [1]
NPR [2] [3]
Seattle Post-Intelligencer [4]
NRDC [5]

For More:
Wikipedia: Bottled water (Environmental impact)
Bottled Water Report
5 Reasons Not to Drink Bottled Water
Bad to the Last Drop? What Else? Bottled Water!
Bottled Water - Good For Business Bad For The Environment
Bottled Water, Bottled Hype (part 2, part 3)

Click here to pledge to reduce your use of bottled water.

Thoughts on the World would ask if you use this information (on a blog), that you link back to this post. Of course, you will get a link under 'For More'.