When it comes to environmental protection, everybody has an opinion and more often than not wishes to make sure others know about their inner beliefs. However, some end up saying things that sound anything but smart and accurate.
Without further ado, here are the top 5 dumb things people have said about environmental protection over the years (commentaries included):
5. “I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required.” Sheryl Crow
Apparently, the celebrity meant this as a joke, but still, one cannot help but wonder at this singer's rather innovative train of thoughts. Now, not wasting resources is indeed of utmost importance, but perhaps we can start someplace else...
4. “It isn't pollution that'd harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.” Dan Quayle, former vice president of the United States
Dictionaries define pollution as, “The presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance or thing that has harmful or poisonous effects.”
Also, an impurity is, “A thing or constituent that impairs the purity of something,” a.k.a. “worthless or dangerous material that should be removed.” Enough said.
3. “We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?” Lee Iacocca, CEO/chairman for the Chrysler Corporation between 1979-1992
Still a bit confused with respect to what might be a proper answer to this question, more so since we suspect that it basically is a rhetorical one.
2. “We're seeing the reality of a lot of the North Pole starting to evaporate, and we could get to a tipping point. Because if it evaporates to a certain point -- they have lanes now where ships can go that couldn't ever sail through before. And if it gets to a point where it evaporates too much, there's a lot of tundra that's being held down by that ice cap." Henry Arnold Waxman, serving in Congress since 1974
Well, we can only say that the idea of an evaporating North Pole and tundra just waiting to be set loose is frightening indeed.
1. “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” George W. Bush
In fact, George W. Bush might be on to something here. Truth be told, isn't environmental protection all about learning to live in harmony with nature?
Bonus: “Polar bears are not endangered, they're just unlucky.”
This isn't really a quote, it's just Robin William trying to impersonate Sarah Palin. Still, quite funny and worth mentioning.