Does anyone out there really think that going green is a scam invented by the government?
A scam that saves you money...and quite possibly the earth.
No, not by the government. But by food and product companies. If you haven't noticed, going-green products cost more than other products. The government goes along with it because it looks good for the world and helps the economy.
I have noticed that recycled items and things cost less. If you just purchase anything with the eco-friendly label plastered on it they your just allowing yourself to be scammed. If you do research then you can figure the difference between the two. Although I agree that some companies take advantage of our situation.
Going Green is a response to real AND imaginary environmental problems. Unfortunately, environmental issues are not sucker-proof. And it requires homework, scientific literacy, and well-above-average analytical abilities to evaluate some of the claims made by prominent Greenies, and by our state and federal governments.
Several months ago, I read that the Energy Star program does not actually test many of the products that get its seal of approval. A substantial part of that process is automated, and does not involve evaluations by real live people in real laboratories. If you manufacture a tenth-rate product, and hire a lawyer to do the Energy Star paperwork, you can get low-cost, misleading advertising, courtesy of Uncle Sam.
On the other hand, there are specific government standards for organic food. Notwithstanding the wild claims made by closet Marxists and paranoid Luddites, I have not seen much meaningful research suggesting that organic food is more healthful for most people, as compared with conventional food. One possible exception that comes to mind is that grass-fed beef and dairy products have higher levels of CLA than the corresponding conventional products. (CLA is a mild ant-carcinogen.)
Having Sensory Integration Dysfunction, I've gotten strange reactions--and not just allergies--to a wide range of foods and beverages, at different times. In my experience, these adverse reactions have absolutely nothing to do with the Political Correctness of the foods and beverages in question.
The short answer to your question is yes, there are lots of Green scams out there. But not all Green memes are scams. Caveat emptor applies applies as much today as at any time in the past.
I don't believe there is any "scam" invented by the government. Truthfully, ,it's a marketing campaign, though it has its merits and shouldn't be ignored as some conspiracy theory. "Going green" tends to imply that you are recycling, buying hair products with less sulfates, driving a hybrid car or bicycling if you live in sunnier climates; however what's really important for most environmentalists runs much deeper than what is advertised on your television or local discount store.
It's very costly for the government to truly support green initiatives. Natural resources are unevenly distributed across the globe so in order for our country to continue producing and consuming at our current standards, we must take natural resource from other places. Doing this tends to unsettle the area we take those resources from, however, so not only are we doing the planet an injustice by stripping it of its components, but if we are taking the natural resources from another country for our excessive consumption, it's likely that country is not benefiting nearly as much as we are from them. Sustainable development hasn't garnered nearly enough attention to make energy, water, and agriculture resources more efficient. Until more resourceful technology is found the government still has to support the market and that mildly placates the interest groups that support the government. So, yeah, "going green" is a little bit of a marketing ploy by the government, but it's absolutely not going to harm the planet if you recycle a little bit.
I don't understand how you could think that the government would create a "going green" scam, when the majority of laws and tax credits are designed to help out the major oil companies.
The point of "going green" is to stop our country from going further and further in debt as we waste all of our natural resources and become forced to import everything that we use.
Going green is definitely not a scam.
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