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Scientific Stupidity

This story illustrates the disconnect Americans have with science and public policy.

From NPR: Dishes Still Dirty? Blame Phosphate-Free Detergent.

In a nutshell, dishwasher detergent can no longer uses phosphates, the magical ingredient that makes dishwashers so effective, even with very soiled plates.

Seventeen states banned phosphates from dishwasher detergents because the chemical compounds also pollute lakes, bays and streams. They create algae blooms and starve fish of oxygen.

Enter some Texas lady:

But dirty and damaged dishes are turning many people into skeptics, including Wright.

"I'm angry at the people who decided that phosphate was growing algae. I'm not sure that I believe that," Wright adds.

She's not sure she believes that??? What the fuck does she know about phosphates in waterways? Almost nothing, I'll bet.

What she does know is that she has to rinse dishes before putting them in her friggin dishwasher and some pots have to be washed by hand. She knows that this is just about the greatest inconvenience she'll encounter in her life, and therefore phosphates could NOT POSSIBLY cause algae blooms. I would have paid money to see a quick follow up question posed to her: "Sure, you doubt the science... one question: What is an algae bloom?"

Listen people, the science is what it is. Phosphates are fucking up our waterways. Dumping megatons of carbon into the atmosphere is changing the climate in ways unprecedented in human history. If you are too fucking content with your lifestyle to be bothered making changes that will allow future generations to do things like fish or live along present-day coastline, then that is your problem, not a problem with the science!



Do you have any scientific proof of that, or is it just your opinion?