(Feb. 27, 2009) — Was I the only one who found irony in your Jan. 5 [Page 6] editorial, PN shares '09 goals for plastics industry?
In your second goal, you urged material suppliers to offer products that shrink the industry's carbon footprint. The very next sentence begins, The industry should combat misinformation .
Man-made global warming, from where we get the term carbon footprint, is one of the greatest politically motivated misinformation/propaganda efforts ever created. If we ever labor to combat misinformation, the global warming hoax should be at the top of our list!
The so-called carbon footprint of the plastics industry is miniscule when compared to the fossil fuel consumed as energy. Any effort we undertake to help shrink the industry's carbon footprint would cost us billions of dollars, yet would have zero measurable effect on the earth's climate.
I am not suggesting that the industry should be environmentally careless. It is a problem for us that plastics wash up on beaches, that PET and HDPE recycling rates are so low. Our environmental laxity has been partly responsible for the poor public perception of the industry. We must be better stewards of our resources.
I would have agreed with you if you had written that material suppliers and processors can benefit from offering green products (for example, environmentally friendly packaging for products sold through Wal-Mart).
But, you didn't say that. Rather, you conveyed misinformation as fact, in the very breath before you encouraged the rest of us to combat that same type of misinformation.
Mark Kaptur & Co.
West Chester, Pa.