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Re: “Why does the government continue to promote biking?

I don't own a car, but I pay taxes and subsidize your gas, your car manufacturer (if it was made in the US), and "your" road construction, which as you point out, was not designed for bikes. Your statement that you're "even willing to build bike lanes on new roads where it is inexpensive and makes sense" is condescending nonsense - we need safe biking infrastructure NOW, and if you get tired of watching cyclists breeze past you on the bridge, try getting out of your car and onto a bike.

Also, please provide a cite for the mortality rates for commuters you referred to.

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Posted by twirl2 on June 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Citadel study casts doubt on ‘green’ product claims

No no no, this study is measuring the wrong things. Soap is often used to kill pests (fleas, aphids, spider mites) because the surfactants (which can be completely plant-based and nontoxic to humans) smother them - that doesn't say anything about their effect on humans or the wider environment. The most damaging ingredients in cleaning products are phosphates (cause deadly algae blooms when wastewater is released) and various carcinogens (cause cancer in humans and other animals). And you can't measure for those ingredients by dunking fleas in the product, that's ridiculous, it's like rubbing your hand on poison ivy and concluding that poison ivy is bad for the environment because you got a rash. I'm sure this student/professor team meant well, but their results don't mean anything.

Greenwashing happens though, of course. Check the Environmental Working Group for detailed product information and good, detailed analysis of various companies and the safety of the ingredients they use.

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Posted by twirl2 on May 7, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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